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Social media activists are calling for an investigation after a Black male-to-female transgender was found dead in a Riker's Island jail cell over the weekend.

Family and friends of Layleen Cubilette-Polanco want to know why the 27-year-old was found dead in a jail cell.

According to ABC News, Polanco was arrested in late April for allegedly assaulting a cab driver in Harlem and being in possession of a controlled substance.

Polanco was sent to Rikers Island, where jail officials found the body in a cell on Saturday, June 8. Polanco was scheduled to be released on June 13.

Jail officials say there are no signs of foul play. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of the death. Polanco did not have any health problems according to the family.

Out magazine reports that Polanco was housed in the Rose M. Singer women's facility in a unit designed to reduce violence against trans and gender non-conforming people.

The Department of Corrections promised a full investigation into the unattended death. Cynthia Brann, released the following statement: "This is a tragic loss and we extend our deepest condolences to her family."

Members of the LGBT+ community planned to rally outside New York's Criminal Court building at 100 Centre Street on Monday, June 10.

Polanco was a member of the House of Xtravaganza and was known for walking the category of Realness at ballroom events, according to Out magazine.

Layleen Polanco is reportedly the 10th Black MTF transgender to die in 2019. The Black Trans Media honored all 10 of the deceased MTF transgenders over the weekend, writing their names on a banner for Brooklyn Pride.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Them dudes killed him

  • Sushi

    Wow, really? ......

  • Coy little wink

    Dudes in the women's unit?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Doods??? She was in a female facility

  • Alextra Ballard

    No foul play? I wonder was it Suicide

  • Witch

    I bet this trans person has many times been laid up with the SISTAS men that love to shout that " im natural I don't wear weave or makeup" gibberish and how they men love natural . Hahahaha.
    Men wife up the plains but chase behind the made up chicks . When will ya learn?

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Out magazine reports that Polanco was housed in the Rose M. Singer women's facility in a unit designed to reduce violence against trans and gender non-conforming people.
    -----------
    So another tranny killed him? It really be your own sometimes...

  • Renee26

    Interested to see what the COD will be... Was about to get released too SMH

    RIP... Prayers for the family

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Oh

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    That’s not a she it has a male sex organs

  • lovelygamour

    some people cant handle drug withdraws. withdraws have killed. since they was found with a substance and the time frame--i bet the system shock killed.

    the sad thing is the family may never know. the jail would have to do a full panel plus hormones during intake in order to compare. just think the street estrogen couldve been diluted but the jail stuff was real. so if they kept up the shots his body couldve stressed out. like some people prefer heroin to morphine. its how it hit a particular person. plus, depending on the drug the cops found them with--if it was an opiate that can kill you the first week off it.

  • Witch

    It's a spirit jumping inside of these folks.

  • OvertheMississippi

    So a pre-planned outrage?? ??

  • Sushi

    Coming from an individual with a witch as a pic, oh the humor ......

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    His death was unattended, meaning he was in the jail cell alone.

  • Witch

    She particularly is not a witch
    Her melanin and woken 3rd eye makes her possess powers that would make many call her a witch

  • Sushi

    The simple fact you came back with that response, and the "woken 3rd eye", is telling, I am alot of things but dumb ain't one, I call it like I see it.... Be careful with opening the "3rd eye"

  • the guest

    Interesting insight. Never thought on this perspective.

  • lovelygamour

    i was talking with a trans sex worker and they said that some guys will walk around with them and not have sex just so people will see them with a pretty "woman". if they develop feelings then thats when it can go south because they arent attracted attracted.

    apparently, trans escorts can make nice money just "showing off" if anyone figures out they are a man then they have to leave town/area cause the whole point is to be a pretty "woman".

  • B.Loveitt

    You are far too smart for your on good. But BINGO!!!

  • Witch

    Meaning A white looking / European features woman.

    Black men are nuts.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    Why are they demanding justice if he probably killed himself?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    House of Xtravaganza? Wasn’t that one of the Houses in Paris is Burning?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    The men can’t find a cute actual woman? Idk that doesn’t sound right.

  • Witch

    You're brainwashed. I hope you come from under that spell. Im not Even mad at you because I know what and how that belief was beaten into people to keep us from being free.

  • Sushi

    No, and let me be clear I'm free, not brainwashed, and if you are mad or not, that is how you feel and your entitled. However, don't be mislead and read a couple of books and articles, and think you know how spirts work because you are sadly mistaken .....Just a nugget. ...

  • Witch

    Ok. Have a good evening.

  • Sushi

    Same to you Queen. ...

  • Janice Collins

    Sandra Bland

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... Dont make sense to me BUT this gif made me chuckle ???
    Random asf lol https://media2.giphy.com/media/GtB7Mxi64dwL6/giphy.gif

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lol

  • kennedy220

    don't have to sound right. there is a market for everything lol. have you seen the people that are paid to just cuddle with someone no sex? or the rooms you can rent have set up like your home, your ex's home, or your office and you can beat it with a bat to relieve stress, a guy offered to buy me a pair of shoes if he could watch me try them on. so I said yes and ended up with two pair

  • Chapter29Chick

    wow another mishap at Rikers island. That Kalif Browder story had me shook and in tears...

  • dontgetblocked

    Drugs...moving on.

  • Jussjess25

    Yes it was !

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • Sushi

    a@Zarcangel sZZas ?.

  • Meme

    So sad 13th June just a couple days away RIP

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Investigate ALL DEATHS... THIS ONE GETS NO SPECIAL CONCERNS! BYE!

  • abby500

    RIP... next

  • T Willis

    “....was a member of the House of Xtravaganza and was known for walking the category of Realness at ballroom events“

    Is this the actress from Pose? Swear she looks familiar and in the show I think she walked for the House of Xtravaganza ?

  • yvette46

    Sooo sooo tired of LGBT.. They get more days in pride month than Black history month.. Fine be gay but really not something to celebrate about because you like the same sex It's so annoying and really getting out of hand.. Just be who ever you are you don't have to announce it every damn day..geesh!!

  • Stationarity

    It doesn’t sound right. Why don’t they just pay for a born women escort? There are plenty of pretty women out their, escorts and non escorts.

  • Stationarity

    Now- I do agree with this. There is a market for everything but the reason given was not logical.

    All the above is logical. You can’t mess up your own house and guys have shoe fetishes. But having a trans escort to be seen walking with a pretty women can also be solved by getting a women escort. Maybe trans escorts are cheaper?

  • GODBLESS

    ??????

  • GODBLESS

    Well said ??????????

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Exactly. That transgender prostitute wasn’t telling the whole truth

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I liked Paris is Burning. I learned alot. I was curious to see what happened to the folks in that doc and 99.99% of them are dead due to AIDS complications.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Exactly! It is more to it than them just wanting a “pretty woman”

  • CardiB’sAbs

    You missed my point.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    Girl!!! Preach!!!

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    You'll member back in the day? What happens in the home stays in the home!!! My grandmother was from the south, i didn't know my uncle was gay until I was in late teens. He wasn't out here prancing around and protesting he just lived his life quietly like alot of them did at that time. No if someone has an opinion different from them we gay bashing or being prejudice.. Negro Please!!

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    Sandra well done with writing this piece. I thought u we’re going to be your normal disrespectful a$s but u did good. I’m proud of u.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    U was down there? U knew what she had between her legs? Not judging but it sounds like your speaking from facts rather than an assumption.

  • Leigh Burton

    So. If I commit a crime and go to jail, all I have to do is say that I am a woman and I would be put in a separate cell in a woman's prison and protected from other male prisoners?

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    I’m just curious. Do u know any str8 individuals who killed themselves because they were str8? Going through a deep depression because they feel different or
    ostracized for liking the opposite sex? The last time I checked it was a no but maybe your experience is different. No str8 boy is killing themselves for liking pu$$y. Pride is to show young girls & boys it’s ok. Being born the way u are isn’t a mistake. So if it needs to be all year long then so be it. If u want Black History Month longer write congress or some sh!t.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    I’m sure she got arrested in her wig & all. So just carry a wig just in case & you’ll be able to say it. Good luck wit that bruh.

  • wigmon68

    Plenty of "straight" people commit suicide. Straight or lgbt, suicide is about the mental state of the individual, pure and simple.

    And no, its not "OK" to encourage young boys/girls. They need help, not bad examples.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Yes...one of the first Houses that was known worldwide for their unclockable transwomen...

  • Parent

    Not that it really matter but she don't look black to me, she looks Hispanic, especially with a last name like that.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    That’s not what I said. I asked how many commit suicide due to their sexuality? Of course suicide is a mental type of situation. Who needs help for what again?

  • Gloria

    A lot of gay people are not overzealous with displaying their sexuality and still get assaulted or killed for it. I think it’s more annoying that innocent people are being viciously/fatally attacked and have to walk on egg shells around others just because their sexuality bothers someone else. Compassion and empathy please.

  • Gloria

    Sad.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    legally they classify you as white or black.. never hispanic

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Wrong blogger. I have never been disrespectful to transgenders.

  • TransMichelle

    Ok..somebody help me out here. G00gle Caster Semenya and tell me if this is a man or a woman. They fighting over this **** claiming that "it's" a woman and should be allowed to compete against women due to some type of bullsh*t.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol...don’t do it??

  • Dowoop

    Maybe they need mental health awareness instead then.

  • Dowoop

    They not trying to mess up their coins from whoever pays them.

  • Dowoop

    They not trying to mess up their coins from whoever pays them.

  • Rayscoty

    I wonder how that Grandmother in Florida doing ( Fior Pichardo de Veloz)

    They though she was transgender, She was booked in a all Men's prison.

    She had hormone pills for her high blood pressure. Poor lady was traumatized...

  • Dahl

    He’s an ugly man. That dresses like a man. That’s married to a woman, for Pete’s sake. None of his story is reasonable to me...

  • Dahl

    Hispanic isn’t a race, it’s an ethnicity. This person is a black-hispanic...

  • Karen Brady

    lol

  • Karen Brady

    Almost choked on my food.

  • Karen Brady

    Like Marvin Gaye's daddy. He stayed in the house wearing panties, and pantyhose and a bonnet and robe, all while having broads parade through his wife's kitchen to come up to his room. Talk about a SUPERFREAK. But yeah, you're right.

  • Ne Ba

    No they don't chile. There is a subset when selecting black or white that will ask if you are white or black non-hispanic.

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    WOW!

  • TransMichelle

    Thank you

  • that_VA_thickchick

    Nah, I read a couple biographies on Marvin Gaye. "Father" used to sit right on the front porch in his wife's silk and lace robes. LOL He had ZERO cares.

  • Lia Washington

    Not true ...Hispanic is listed as well...AND Hispanics donot consider themselves Black

  • yvette46

    If your going through deep depression then take your ass and go see a doctor.. Live your life as you please as long as it don't hurt know body. But, to constantly talk about being LGBT is so freaking annoying.. Who cares!! Trying to drill this in a person head EVERY DAY like a cult..Everyone has problems but they don't announce every issue to the world.. Have PRIDE but be quiet sometimes not something to discuss every damn day..

  • yvette46

    Thank YOU..

  • yvette46

    Where in my statement I didn't show compassion. Didn't my ending say Rip to this young man?? You went all the way to the left.. I said I'm tired of hearing about the LGBT on a daily!! That's my complaint!! People are gay big deal! Who cares! New topic move on already.

    Black men and women are also being killed and walking around on egg shells because our skin color bothers EVERYBODY!! My point be lgbt, straight, celibate, polygamist, etc.. Just be you just shut up about it..

  • Guess Who

    So this dude was in the women's unit and still ended up dead?

  • leapyearpisces

    Well, Pose comes back on tonight at 10p.m. on FX .

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    ?if u don’t stop, Sandra. Seriously. I’ve been here for a longtime & even seen myself how u disrespected trans women. Caitlin for example, u called her Bruce knowing full well she didn’t go by that anymore. Disrespectful. Even this particular young lady. U said “he was in the cell by himself” in the comment section. That’s disrespectful & I know u know that. But we can pretend your oblivious to your actions. Let’s do it together.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    Lady please. When folks do be quiet & live their life by holding hands or kissing their partners in public some homophobic group has to come along start trouble for them. So u can’t say “who cares” because some people make it their business to care. And I’m sorry u look at it like a cult but for others it’s home.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    When it comes to booking in jail, prison, and criminal warrants..there IS NOT a "hispanic" option. There is B W and A.. I've been NCIC certified for almost 15 years

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    Doesnt matter what they consider themselves.

  • Lia Washington

    Didn’t know we were speaking of jail...My thought process was in life. I’ve never been incarcerated so I can’t speak on that...Thanks for the knowledge...Wooow that’s crazy!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Oh Sis...

  • Patricia

    i was surprised at that, too

  • Patricia

    yeah but he wasnt safe. i wonder what happened with this one

  • Jussjess25

    Yea thats true

  • Monica Lewinsky

    Bitch if you googled Her name and know her story you know damn well she is a woman. The trollacity of you hoes kills me!

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I’m going to wait until it’s on Netflix so I can binge watch it.

  • B.Loveitt

    Did "Guest" say something to me...I missed it. Dang!

  • Sushi

    She tried to say spirits jumping into folks... Nah it was not directed towards you, you good, lol...

  • starbright9449

    She only disrespects Beyonce.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    That’s a lie but let’s pretend it’s only her

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm sorry. We speak facts here in the Garden. Bruce and this unfortunate person are biological men.

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    U better keep that lie up?I know that’s right. Like I said we can pretend together. So now I’m pretending wit u.

  • lovelygamour

    the trans also wont give them a hard time and are stunning for less.

  • B.Loveitt

    Oh..okay. ??????
    Yeah leave me out of the spirits jumping stuff. They need to stop that!