The body of a prominent figure in Florida’s LGBTQ movement, Jorge Diaz-Johnston, was found in a Jackson County landfill.
Diaz-Johnson’s body was discovered just days after the Tallahassee Police Department announced they were looking for the gay rights advocate who had vanished on Jan. 3.
Authorities now believe his death was the result of
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, a family friend had posted on Facebook that that Jorge was missing and hadn’t been seen since around 3PM. The friend said he did not have his car with him.
Tallahassee police spokesperson, Alicia Turner, confirmed that Diaz-Johnston’s body was found dumped in the landfill on Saturday morning. Turner told The Daily Beast that an autopsy has been completed,
“Our preliminary findings have led us to determine that foul play is suspected in this case.”
According to The Daily Beast,
In 2014, Diaz-Johnston and his husband, Don Diaz-Johnston, were among six same-sex couples who sued the Miami-Dade County Clerk’s Office for denying them marriage licenses. The couples emerged victorious when a Miami-Dade circuit judge sided with them, and Florida became the 36th state to overturn a ban on gay marriage in 2015. Jorge and Don finally wed on March 28, 2015, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
Don Diaz-Johnston shared the difficult news on Facebook with friends and family, saying that his husband had
touched so many people with his kind and generous heart.
I can’t stop crying as I try and write this. But he meant so much to all of you as he did to me. So I am fighting through the tears to share with you our loss of him.
This is all so sudden.”
Diaz-Johnson’s brother is Manny Diaz, the Florida Democratic Party chair and former mayor of Miami. He acknowledged his sibling’s accomplishments in a statement,
“My brother was such a special gift to this world whose heart and legacy will continue to live on for generations to come.
Equality Florida said members of the gay rights organization were “heartbroken” over the discovery and lauded Diaz-Johnston and his husband as “two of the brave plaintiffs” who challenged the state’s gay marriage ban. The group’s deputy director, Stratton Pollitzer, told the Tallahassee Democrat,
Jorge was a crucial part of this historic lawsuit that’s one of the biggest moments of the LGBTQ civil rights movement in Florida history.
It’s incomprehensible to hear that one of our heroes has been taken from us.”
Details about his manner of his death have not yet been publicly released.
Please share to help locate this missing person. If you have information regarding Jorge’s whereabouts, please call TPD at 850-891-4200. pic.twitter.com/zSipsk0vKG— Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) January 8, 2022
(via The Daily Beast)