Firstly, the brothers who were taken this year, all of them young, and mostly murdered in hate crimes. These are the faces who made headlines, but spare a thought for the countless young gay men tortured and executed under homophobic regimes across the globe: Iran, Jamaica and any number of African countries.
August Provost III
Lashon Lee Douglas Jr.
Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado
Jason Mattison Jr.
Wendy Richard and Mollie Sugden.
Also lost in 2009: Bob May (the Robot in Lost In Space), Tony Hart (children's TV presenter), Jade Goody (the Big Brother star), Mickey Carroll (one of the original Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz), Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Barry Letts (the Doctor Who director, producer & writer), Maggie Jones (the Coronation Street actress), and porn stars Dustin Michaels and Daxx Reed.
In 2008, 28 teenage boys were murdered in London. This year, that number more than halved - but the death toll still stands at twelve...