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Murder victim featured in docuseries highlighting struggle of LGBTQ community

Posted at 10:07 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 00:09:49-05

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WTVF) — Anthony Lofties is in the process of putting together a 3-part documentary and reality show called THE GAYS. It stands for "Genetically Advanced Youth Socialites."

Anthony grew up in Jackson, Tennessee. It was from a young age that he understood the challenges those in the LGBTQ community were facing and it was hearing the stories of those like Deon Brown that made him finally get to work putting together this documentary.

Deon Brown was just 24 years old when he was murdered in November 2016. Family and friends believe his murder was the result of a hate crime that stemmed from the way Brown's killer felt about Brown's sexual orientation.

His mother, Joyce Seay, says it's that kind of hate that made her want to be a part of this docu-series.

"I want them to sit down and watch it…get a better understanding," said Seay.

Deon was an openly gay man who, as Joyce says, was comfortable in his own skin. She hopes the documentary inspires others to accept everyone just as she did with her son, no matter their differences.

Anthony says they plan to wrap filming in April. Follow his adventures on Facebook.

"I hope they gain a lot of knowledge and know how to accept those different from them," said Anthony Lofties, executive producer of Altrio Entertainment.

The man believed to be responsible for the murder of Deon Brown, Christopher Gadsden, will be back in court on Monday.

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