RIP Giovanni Melton

Giovanni Melton

Fourteen-year-old Giovanni Melton was murdered by his father last week. I know this happened days ago but it’s taken me time to process this and write about it.

With all the bad news going on in this nation — mass shootings and this incompetent piece of shit that is our president  — this murder shook me.

Giovanni’s father Wendell Melton claimed he went to visit his son in an apartment in Henderson, Nevada. His father had put him in the apartment because Giovanni allegedly did not get along with his new wife.

Giovanni allegedly skipped school that day and his father wanted to check on him. Instead they got in an argument, Giovanni allegedly pushed his father down, and when his father got up his gun went off, striking his son in the chest.

However, news reports say his father had been burning with anger over the fact his son was gay and had previously pulled a gun on Giovanni and his boyfriend. Some say Wendell would rather have a dead son than a gay son.

Some people in this world are so hateful. So ignorant. That was his child. His flesh and blood.

Who gives a fuck what the world thought about your son? Why is your masculinity so fragile that you have to kill your  child to prove you are a man?

To add to the pain Giovanni had been in foster care and abused and neglected by his family for years, according to his former foster mother Sonja Jones.

Such a short life filled with such misery and hate from people who are supposed to love and accept you. That bothers me the most.

I hope and pray Giovanni has found comfort in the afterlife and some good on Earth will come from his death.


9 thoughts on “RIP Giovanni Melton

  1. Thank you for commenting with love for such a young soul, Immanuel. The problem is that his father didn’t love or want him to begin with. There is a lot of that around: Fathers who really didn’t want the kids that came with the sex had to make them. Regardless, if Giovanni’s father knew the depth of Giovanni’s strife, he would have tried to inflict more pain. There are many black gay men and youth who have experienced their first damage and pain from their families of origin. Before the outside world has a chance to inflict pain, it first comes from home. Giovanni’s life and death is a chilling, sobering reminder. R.I.P. Giovanni.

    • Thanks for the thoughtful comment Anonymous. “There are many black gay men and youth who have experienced their first damage and pain from their families of origin,” you wrote. Wow, so true. Yes, Giovanni’s life is sadly the routine for many, many LGBTQ youth. I commend organizations like the Family Acceptance Project, which educates families to help them love and accept their LGBTQ sons, daughters and siblings, and other organizations that have opened shelters to LGBTQ youth who have been rejected by famlies and are homeless and groups that are opening schools specifically for gay youth. With the evil, selfishness and ignorance in the world I have to keep reminding myself there are folks who care and are doing good things.

  2. Its truly sad to not be able to live in your truth. I can identify with it somewhat because I grew up in an family where being gay was frowned upon. I would get ridiculed at times for listening to Prince for not being an athlete and all this hyper masculinity that didn’t mean anything. Well needless to say I was an angry black young man for years my young sister beat me to the punch and came out proudly. We had to hide her true relationship from our Granddad he just thought they were friends, looking back I think he knew. I finally accepted my sexuality maybe 5 or 6 years now and its been liberating Mt family has been accepting, but for a lot of men I can still see they’re struggling hard.
    My condolences to this young mans family and friends.

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