Anthony Ray Colin

Born: Sat., Feb. 25, 1984
Died: Tue., Nov. 22, 2011


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 03, 2011
Location: Shannon-Bryan Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

2:00 PM Sat., Dec. 03, 2011
Location: Shannon-Bryan Mortuary

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COLIN, ANTHONY RAY was born February 24, 1984.  Departed from this world under the bright stars on November 22, 2011.  Gay rights advocate, singer, comedian.  Anthony was a lover of music, singing, dancing and books.  He also loved his family, including the children in his extended family, and he brought immense joy to their lives.  Anthony looked for any reason to throw a party and was usually the life of any party he attended.  Anthony was also a hero in the gay rights movement and was honored by numerous organizations for his pioneering advocacy on behalf of youth and in furtherance of equality. 

When Anthony was fifteen years old, he worked with friends to establish the Gay-Straight Alliance Club at El Modina High School to promote respect for all students.  When school officials first refused to let the club form, Anthony bravely filed a Federal lawsuit that resulted in the first court order ever issued anywhere in the country requiring a public school to permit a gay-straight alliance to meet on campus.  Anthony’s lawsuit set an important historic precedent, and in the years that followed, courts around the country relied on the reasoning in Anthony’s case.  Anthony’s brave and successful struggle was widely reported in the press- including articles in People magazine and USA Today and a cover story in The Advocate- and Anthony provided inspiration and encouragement to other students throughout the country.  Anthony continued to advocate in support of equality throughout his life. 

A disciple of God, Anthony not only talked the talk, but also walked the walk when it came to spreading love, compassion, and a kind word where needed.  Anthony was a person who would give his last dollar any day to make a difference in some other soul’s life.  He was truly loved and will be missed for a lifetime by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Jessie Colin; his grandfather, Robert Colin, Sr; his grandmother, Jeannie Phillips; siblings Regina, Raquel, Rusti, Sarah and Al; many uncles, aunts, and cousins, including Toni, Reanna, Pati, Eric, Taylor, and others; and many friends.

Good night, our son, brother, uncle and friend.



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Pat Colin
   Posted Mon November 28, 2011
God Bless You Anthony. I pray you are at peace, & singing away with your grandmothers in heaven. I pray your father, mother, and sisters are comforted by the joy, laughter, and love you gave to your family and friends for 27 years. I am thankful you know you were loved unconditionally by your family every day of your life. I know you would be happy to see the outpouring of love and affection for your family, from your friends - you touched many, many lives. I'll miss you Tony. But, I know I will see you again one day.

"1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. "

Amber Phillips-Gilleylen
   Posted Mon November 28, 2011
Aunt Robin and Uncle Bobby I love you so much. I know there is nothing that can take this pain away, but over the past 8 or so years Anthony and I have become really close and I want you to know that if there's one thing that I can say about him he LOVED his family, and he ADORED his momma and his daddy! I love you both! I pray that GOD will get you both through this! xoxoxo RIP my sweet BEAUTIFUL cousin.

Gabe Munoz
   Posted Tue November 29, 2011
Words are difficult to express over your loss. Tony was and still is an amazing person. He made me laugh and always went out of his way to make us feel at home. My Family and I are sad. I pray for you and for everyone that the Lord will bring you comfort during this difficult time. I will always remember his smile and his laugh.

Crystal Rodriguez
   Posted Tue November 29, 2011
My baby brother... I have known you for 17 years. Words will never be enough to express my broken heart, my saddness... The love I have for you. It pains me to not be there but I know you understand that I am there in spirit. Moving to the EastbCoast has been so difficult for me and through this nightmare it has become unbearable. Your family is my 2nd family. I am lucky to have known you, love you and been loved back by you. You have made your statement with all of us on this earth, I know you will do the same in heaven. You are now our angel. I love and miss you with all my heart.

You are in a better place now baby brother. Free of pain, free of sorrow, free of hate, free of all the pressures. You are now free to live the life you have always wanted. Know that you are loved beyond belief...

XO... You sister Crystal

Aunt Christine
   Posted Tue November 29, 2011
Dear Bobby, Blu and heart grieves with yours at the loss of your son and brother. I do believe Tony is with singing with angels and was welcomed by a great crowd of family. Hallelujah!
Praying for each of you to feel the love of God about you and His arms holding you. Hold tight to the promise for those who call upon Jesus as Savior, we will share eternal life together and we will see one another again. Anthony, your beautiful smile, will be you!

Revelation 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b]
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]”

Robert Wilson Jr
   Posted Tue November 29, 2011
Tony, my friend, and his family. Thank you eternally, for the beauty that you allowed in this world. Tony and I were friends in high school and although our lives were separated by distance and time, I never forgot about the friend who stayed up with me and talked my through a hard life lesson. I am truly and forever thankful for those nights of someone who befriended me and saw me as a person I am and still is, and not someone who was mocked and teased. Justice taught me about acceptance when many many people wouldn't. I am truly a very very blessed person for knowing him and my soul will be grateful, when one day I can say thank you in front of him one day. So to Justice, my friend thank you, always thank you.

Amber Hall
   Posted Wed November 30, 2011
My old friend it hurts to know your beautiful spirit isn't with us physically but your with the angels and they are all smiling with you being in their presence.I will always remember junior high and high school. I wish I had more memories with you but I will hold onto the memories we do share that nobody can ever take away.I cry writing this still in disbelief that your gone but in my heart you will always be here.Its been many years since I had seen you but that doesn't windel away a friendship that's worthy.I can feel you hear with me as if you are reading as I type :( you will be greatly missed but never forgotten!

Cori McGill
   Posted Wed November 30, 2011
I never had the pleasure of meeting you but your cousin, Amber, is like a sister to me. Over the past week I have been reading about you, listening to the videos your family recorded of you, listened to you sing, read the articles in the magazines of you, etc...You are an amazing soul!!! I wish I could say that you were someone I knew in my life, but I can say that you have touched my heart in a way that not many people have been able to and I will forever carry you in my heart!!! May you forever rest in peace....sweet angel!!!

Paula Koga (Garcia)
   Posted Wed November 30, 2011
Unfortunately I can''t say that I''ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Anthony even though we are cousins. To my beautiful cousin Robin, her husband and to all my other heart breaks for you and I wish there was something I could say or do to make your pain go away but I know that there isn''t. I know that Anthony is in heaven with the rest of the family that has passed on and I know that my daddy, his Uncle Freddie, will be taking care of him!!!!! Anthony....please save a place for me because when I come home we have some catching up to do!!!! I love you my beautiful family and I''m here for you!!!!

Pati Cisneros
   Posted Wed November 30, 2011
Bobby N Robin, I can't imagine what the both of you are going through loosing Anthony, I know my heart is crushed :( He was my best friend, He made me feel so young again, like we were kids:) I loved spending time with him and with you all.. I feel so bad that I wasn't there for him when he needed me :( You all will always be in my prayers! I love you guys so much!

Laura Lee and Family
   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
My dear Justice...It is still so very hard to believe that you are not here anymore to give me my hugs and talk/laugh with me!! You were truely an inspiration to many people and touched many, many lives. I hope you can find peace with the Angels in Heaven..As we here are trying very hard to find peace here on Earth. Someday we will meet again sweet Justice..Someday... <3<3<3<3

carrie capenter
   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
im not much for words, but i do know he will be missed.

wendy Daniel
   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
Tony you will be missed so very much!!! God took you to soon!
My love and prayers go out to your whole family. You are much loved !

Gloria Aceves
   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
Bob, Blue & sisters: There are never any words that could possibly heal the pain, loss and emptiness that you are feeling. Please know that you all have been in my prayers and will continue. Tony was an amazing young man, he was funny and his smile was contagious. I will never forget him, none of us will. Be strong in Faith, as he will be watching over you.

Kim Shipton
   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to this beautiful family that I had the honor of spending this past Thanksgiving holiday with. The love and strength that I've witnessed by the entire family showed me the true meaning of being "thankful". I'm thankful for having had Tony in my life. Some of my funnest & happiest times included Tony....we would dance, sing & laugh til we were dripping with sweat!! We also had some heart-to-heart talks & his honesty & authenticity was most obvious to me & I that's what I will miss most. **Ask Raquel, everytime I would see Raquel without Tony, I would ask her, "Is Tony gonna be here??" Even though I can't be there to help celebrate his life this Saturday, I will be there in spirit.

   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
anthony, my heart is for you. forever it will be broken until i see you again brother. i miss you madly.. i'll see you on the other side, remember to save a seat for me

Matt Phillips
   Posted Thu December 01, 2011
Anthony is a family member I regretfully didn't get to know due to the distance between us.In the brief moments I had to speak with him each time I called my sister,you could hear in his voice the Love and Compassion that he had.His Courage to stand for the things in which he believed in shows that he not only was a good man but a Great human being.I remember him visiting Missouri when he was very young,and him singing while my Dad played the guitar.I knew he would do great things in his life.I believe that God gives us all a little light to carry to shine upon others who are less fortunate or those who are in need.I also very much believe that some peoples light is brighter than others.Anthony's "light" will forever be bright in the lives of everyone that loved him,but our world seems so dim without him.My heart aches for my family.Please know that God wil lcomfort you in your time of need.I miss and Love each of you.God Bless

   Posted Fri December 02, 2011
Oh brother, oh brother…What a web you’ve weaved in this crazy, so crazy world...

Anyone caught in it would be entranced by you. If you didn’t know them, they would know you by the end of the night… If at first they didn’t like you, they would love you by the end of the night. You hypnotize us all with your wit and charm. You intoxicated us with your generosity and love. Brother... you will be missed. You are the little brother I never had. You've shared so much with me and so many. Not only are you an inspiration to me but to us all. Your memory will forever be cherished by me and so many as well. I love you. Not only will you be remembered by your perfect love and generosity you've always shared with others, but your imperfections as well. Now you can rest my brother... You will forever be in my heart and memories...

Your brother, Al

   Posted Fri December 02, 2011
Justice, my love, you were the very definition of love and vivacity. While I barely knew you, when our paths crossed, you were quick with love, hugs and laughter, even at your bitchiest moments. I will miss our random moments, and miss your joyous personality. Peace and love.

Simone Smith
   Posted Sat December 03, 2011
I love you.

Heather Chapman
   Posted Sat December 03, 2011
To the family and friends of Tony: Although I haven't seen Tony in many years, I have fond memories of attending strategy sessions with GLSEN and holding his hand (to keep him calm) in crazy OUSD school board meetings as he fought for the GSA at El Modena. Tony will be remembered at he next GSA meeting and although 11 years seems so long ago, we try to let current students know that many, including Tony, made the campus (and others all over the country) safer through bravery and moxie! In such a short life, Tony was still able to leave a powerful legacy. I am so sorry for your loss. All the best to you.

   Posted Sat December 03, 2011

Kaitlyn Munoz
   Posted Sat December 03, 2011
You are and always will be the most amazing person ever and words or expressions can''t describe you to me. I love u so much and I wish that u woudn''t have to go at a young age but the most important thing to ms is that I will never forget you for as long as I live and the family is going to get together today and just share all the good times we had with you and I love u sooooo much Anthony Ray Colin ! RIP I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER COUSIN <3

Jackie Sainz
   Posted Sat December 03, 2011
Robin & Bobby, our hearts go out to you in this time of sadness. Just know your son spread an abundance of love, joy and laughter to our family. Anthony, you will be missed dearly. You were always full of LIFE and so much fun to be around. You spoke from your heart/mind and there were "no holds barred" :) that's what I loved about you. Rest in peace cousin.

Maryina Herde
   Posted Sat December 03, 2011
Dear Colin family and friends,
Heather Chapman just notified me about Tony's death. I am so saddened by the news. He and I fought a huge battle together and I will never forget him. May your memories of him bring you peace..I am a better person for having known Tony. Much Love, Maryina Herde

Myron Dean Quon
   Posted Sat December 03, 2011
Jessie and the entire family:

My deepest condolences for your loss. I have not been in touch since I helped Anthony with his lawsuit. I think we just passed each other-I was parking and you were driving off. Please remember that Anthony made the world a much better place while with us.

With deep sorrow,

Stefanie Russell
   Posted Sun December 04, 2011
Tony, I will always remember your bright smile and infectious laugh. You lit up any room you were in with your amazing voice and bigger-than-life personality. I remember how happy you made my mom when you would stop by, just to give her a hug. You always brightened her day. I will miss you Tony. You were such an amazing person. love always.

Amy, Anthony, Tristen and Jaiden
   Posted Sun December 04, 2011
Hey my fun loving, good looking, beautiful inside and outside nephew all day today I have been watching this condolence message board debating should or shouldn''''''''t I didn''''''''t want the judgements.... But just now at 1:15 am I finally heard your voice that said "who cares Aunt Amy do we really care what anyone thinks?" like I have heard 100 times before, I miss you and seem to come to me in the weirdest ways but I know it''''''''s you like when I couldn''''''''t remember the song we played you and Nicole sang I knew it was Alicia Keys but couldn''''''''t think of it was driving me crazy the next day its on the radio twice two different radio stations in 20 minutes, your there I know it. I really wanted you to meet Jaiden its not fair you would have had fun just watching him for hours telling me "he is a trip Aunt Amy" or calling him a "crack head" I love you Anthony you know that this world will not be the same with out you. Robin,Bobby Regina, Raquel, Boo Boo And Nicole I am so sorry although we all hurt, for you guys it is worse and I know I have been there I only had Brit 2 months not 27 years so a big difference but it hurts but Mom and Brittney needed him more and as my sister always told me the only ones that hurt are the ones left behind! I love you guys

Shadya Guzman
   Posted Mon December 05, 2011
Dear "Lady Justice" (As I would always call you)
My Heart Goes Out to your family and everyone who had the honor having having you apart of their life we were all Blessed with your Joy,Smile Laughter and Most of all Love. You Looked So peaceful Yesterday I didn't say Good Bye when I held your hand for the last time I only said I'll see you later because I'll always carry you with me in my heart I Love You My Sweet Anthony and will Miss you Everyday till will meet again.

Shadya Guzman
   Posted Mon December 05, 2011
Dear "Lady Justice" (As I would always call you)
My Heart Goes Out to your family and everyone who had the honor having having you apart of their life we were all Blessed with your Joy,Smile Laughter and Most of all Love. You Looked So peaceful Yesterday I didn't say Good Bye when I held your hand for the last time I only said I'll see you later because I''''''''ll always carry you with me in my heart I Love You My Sweet Anthony and will Miss you Everyday till will meet again.

Tom Brown
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Although I do not know the Colin family, I just learned today of Anthony's passing through a tribute to "ordinary people" issued by Lambda Legal. Millions of young people owe a tremendous debt to Anthony and his family for standing up for the right thing. My prayers are with you. Tom in Daytona

Gail Rolf and Virginia Uribe
   Posted Fri February 17, 2012
We just recently read about Anthony''s passing back in November, 2011. We can''t say how shocked we were to learn of this tragic loss. Anthony demonstrated is courage and his spirit by helping to lead the fight for safe schools. Anthony was a keynote speaker at the Make It Real conference that we hosted at Cal State LA shortly after the court victory. Wilson Cruz, the "out" gay actor, was also a keynote speaker at this historic conference for LGBT youth. We continue to thank Anthony and his supportive family for the hard work and dedication that it took to take his school district to court. He will truly be missed.

Andrea Hansen
   Posted Sun June 09, 2013
When I came to a school not knowing a soul... Anthony was a friend to me and made me feel welcomed.

   Posted Wed October 16, 2013
RIP Justice <3 I was just thinking about you yesterday. I looked you up and discovered that you had left this earth. Please know that you touched my life. I am a stronger person.... I am the woman I am today, because I knew you. Sometimes it takes years to understand why someone was once a part of your life.... why someone crosses your path.... and why it all happened the way it did. It did not make sense to me back then.... but sweetie, it sure does now. Happy to know you are at peace with the angels. XOXO

Jennifer Masters Gomez
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014

I am just learning about your passing and I am sad. We went to high school together and I was right by your side to start the GSA at El Modena. I am sorry that your light has dimmed. You were a great person and I still think about you today.


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