Last Saturday night, a dancer named O’Shae Sibley was stabbed to death at a gas station in New York while he and his friends were vogueing to Beyonce’s Renaissance album. Sibley was murdered “because he’s gay, because he stood up for his friends,” a friend stated.
“His name was O’Shae, and you all killed him. You all murdered him right in front of me.”
Police have identified but not named a suspect, who is 17 and not yet in custody. The suspect was part of a group involved in an altercation with Sibley and his friends and allegedly made homophobic remarks before the confrontation ended with Sibley’s death. According to Brittany Kriegstein at Gothamist, an employee of the gas station’s adjoining market said the men confronted Sibley because they claimed his dancing offended their faith:
According to the New York Times, Sibley and his friends “had been playing ‘Renaissance’ by Beyoncé and vogueing, a style of dance that began as an imitation of fashion models in the 1980s:
Surveillance video obtained by ABC7NY captured the altercation.
Sibley was a native of Philadelphia who moved to New York four years ago to pursue a career in dance. He performed at Lincoln Center and took part in the Alvin Ailey Extension program, which released this statement:
The murder of O’Shae Sibley comes amid a hostile and increasingly menacing atmosphere of violence and intimidation against LGBTQ+ Americans. Advocacy group GLAAD places the murder of O’Shae Sibley in the context of “at least a half dozen murders” of LGBTQ+ people over the last several weeks in the United States. In a statement, GLAAD’s Darian Aaron says that Sibley’s murder “follows a disturbing rise in violence and harassment against LGBTQ people across the U.S. This cannot continue. No one should have to fear for their safety just for being themselves.
More than 500 bills were proposed in state legislatures in 2023 targeting LGBTQ+ people, according to GLAAD.
The father of O’Shae Sibley, Jake Kelly, has established a GoFundMe to cover funeral arrangements and related costs after Sibley’s murder.