Memorial for JJ
I didn't know JJ despite our many mutual friends, but I'm told he was bright, entertainingly funny and that he loved music. He was 'out' about his sexuality and his family accepted him.
I'm told he had issues over religious homophobia. One mutual friend said he "fell in with the wrong crowd" and became a little too enthusiastic about Ecstasy. Still, no-one really knows why JJ threw himself off the Story Bridge seven weeks ago, shortly after his 27th birthday.
His mother and sister (top right) joined with about 15 of JJ's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friends for a memorial service under the bridge on May 24. Rev Tim Collier (left) of the Metropolitan Community Church led the service with an incense burning ceremony from Greek Orthodox tradition. Friends and family then told stories about JJ's life before all present vowed to fight homophobia and gay youth suicide. The ceremony ended with the release of yellow balloons into the sky above the bridge.