Our city and our community has suffered an incalculable loss this evening.
A progressive voice for social justice has been silenced by a sudden death, leaving us saddened immeasurably .
Justin Flippen’s life, from his early days in Coconut Creek, to his election as the mayor of Wilton Manors, was measured by enthusiasm and energy, passion and principle.
Justin loved people and politics, living his life every day with grace and guts, high dignity and honorable demeanor. There is no telling to what he might have achieved. He had aspirations that are now forever denied, dreams that can no longer be fulfilled. That is our shared loss.
Our job at SFGN is to publish the news. It is so much harder when the story you are tasked with writing is of someone who has been your personal friend and professional colleague.
Our little city has suffered the loss of a Mayor with a huge heart.
Our large gay community has been denied a leader whose light illuminated us all. It falls upon us to keep that torch burning brightly in his honor.
Justin Flippen stories about his life can be [email protected]