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22-year-old male-to-female trans Merci Mack is the 4th trans person killed during Pride month, and the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Mack was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on Jun 30. There were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, and police have no suspects in the murder.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 5 a.m., but apparently did not call 911. A passerby who found Mack unconscious did call 911 around 6:15 a.m. but Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spoke with Mack's family, who used Mack's birth name, Richey. Police said they have "not been provided with a preferred name at this time."

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Mack's murder follows the death of 17-year-old Brayla Stone (pictured) who was found dead in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas last week.

A man claiming to be the murderer bragged on social media that he was paid $5,000 for the hit.

Riah Milton was shot and killed during an armed robbery attempt in Ohio. Police arrested three people in connection with that murder.

All three transgenders were presumed to be sex workers. These types of deaths usually go unreported in the news media because the police "misgender" the victims.

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Rumors are swirling that former The Chi actor Barton Fitzpatrick, a Chicago native who played gang leader Reggie, plans to retain a top anti-discrimination attorney.

The rumors were fueled by reports that Fitzpatrick was forced to quit the Showtime series after he declined to have his character date a male-to-female transgender.

The news comes as top anti-discrimination attorney Douglas Wigdor confirmed in an email to Sandrarose.com today that he is representing the woman who accused Ed Henry of sexual harassment.

Henry was fired from Fox News on Tuesday, June 30, for a past sexual harassment incident.

Sources say The Chi's creator Lena Waithe "pressured" Fitzpatrick to play a character in a relationship with an MtF trans character.

Fitzpatrick announced his departure from the show in a tweet, saying he appreciated the opportunity to be on the series.

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Reggie's brother, Trig (played by Luke James), is Davis' live-in love interest on season 3.

In an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Waithe, 36, proudly announced a new trans character named Imani (played by Jasmine Davis).

"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," Waithe said. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe said of season 3, which premiered Monday on Showtime.

Waithe said the show won't bring any attention to the fact that Davis was born a male.

"We make sure to not point a finger or shed too much light on her being trans," she said. "She's an amazing woman, she's an interesting character, and I'm excited that we finally get to do that this season."
 

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A Black male-to-female (MtF) transgender activist called out BET for pulling a trans ad at the last minute.

At the conclusion of BET's first virtual BET Awards telecast on Sunday, trans activist Imara Jones, founder of Translash Media, took to Twitter to call out the network for pulling an advertisement that raised awareness of murdered Black MtF trans.

Jones tweeted:

"@bet pulled my ad at the last minute last night from the #BETAwards. It's hard to conclude anything other than that the platform is transphobic as @angelicaross & @lovebscott unfailingly point out. @citeblackwomen intentional invisibility is why our thoughts aren't heard."

In the ad, which was sponsored by McDonald's, Jones says, "Black trans women have a very simple message: stop killing us."

In a follow-up tweet, Jones wrote "And it's the incredible gap between what @bet said last night about being pro Black on air and what it does. But as I have written before "#BlackLivesMatter except [if] your're trans."

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Former NBA star Nick Young, aka "Swaggy P," commented on the fatal shooting of a male-to-female transgender by a Chicago teenager.

Orlando Perez, 18, confessed to shooting 37-year-old Selena Reyes-Hernandez in the head and back on May 31. Perez told police he panicked when he learned Reyes-Hernandez was a biological male.

"Once the offender realized that this victim was actually transgender, the offender became very upset," said Brendan Deenihan, chief of detectives for Chicago police, at a press conference Wednesday. "He left the residence, became more upset, and that's when he came back to the residence."

Perez was charged with murder in the first-degree. He stated he became "distraught" upon learning Reyes-Hernandez was an MtF trans. He confessed to shooting Reyes-Hernandez, then returning to the residence to shoot Reyes-Hernandez in the head and back.

"He thought that was enough so he ran out. But he kept seeing her face, so he went back there to do it again," Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said during Perez's bond hearing on Wednesday.

Perez was ordered held without bail at his bond hearing.

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Among the celebrities commenting on the tragic shooting was Young, who last played for the Denver Nuggets in 2018.

The 35-year-old took to social media to warn other MtF transgenders to be honest with their male hookups.

In a message screencapped by Hollywood Unlocked on Instagram, Young said:

"You never wanna see someone lose [their] life but You gotta let people know B4 hand... (TO ME) this situation always gonna lead to a fight or worse with any straight man you can't just say after y'all hook up and by the way I'm a MAN and pull out some nuts out.......... a man will go crazy."

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Megan Thee Stallion (right) and Jasmine Sanders were among the celebrities attending Trans Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles on Sunday. The 25-year-old lesbian rapper rocked rainbow colored hair weave. Black Twitter is unhappy that transgender activists are piggybacking onto Black Lives Matter protests.
 

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Migos rapper Quavo and his girlfriend Saweetie stepped out for a romantic dinner date in Beverly Hills at Mastros Restaurant in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Both were spotted wearing face masks during the Covid-19 outbreak.
 


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Tiffany Haddish and Common took their romance to the streets of Los Angeles to participate in protests over the weekend. Tiffany, 40, and Common, 48, began dating last year after he dumped CNN political analyst Angela Rye.
 

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Nicole Murphy looks great in a summery dress as she leaves Malibu Cafe after lunching with friends.
 

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Joakim Noah and supermodel Lais Ribeiro are the cutest couple. They looked casual while dining out at Nobu Malibu with their family.

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Homosexuals and Transgender people won a historic victory when the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to redefine "sex" and rewrite the 1964 anti-discrimination law to add homosexuality and transgenderism.

The historic Supreme Court decision was announced on Monday, June 15. The decision allows homosexuals and trans people to file work discrimination lawsuits in federal court.

The court consolidated three employee discrimination lawsuits into one, including a male employee who insisted on dressing as a female on the job at a Christian funeral home; a skydiving instructor who was fired for telling a customer he was gay; and a county child welfare services coordinator who was fired after his employer learned he was gay.

Republican-appointed Justices John Roberts and Neil Gorsuch joined the liberals on the bench in rendering the decision.

"Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender," Gorsuch wrote. "The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids."

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe apologized to the transgender community for Harry Potter author JK Rowling's comments about male-to-female transgender people.

Rowling objected to an article referring to biological women as "people who menstruate."

"'People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" Rowling tweeted on June 6.

"The idea that women like me, who've been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they're vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - 'hate' trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is nonsense."

In response, the 30-year-old Harry Potter star released a statement to The Trevor Project insisting MtF trans people are women.

"To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you," he said.

"Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I," Radcliffe said.

He acknowledged that Rowling is responsible for his career and he said certain press outlets will probably paint his statement as "in-fighting between JK Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what's important right now."

Below are Rowling's tweets that sparked the firestorm.

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A Florida police union lost a motion to keep the identity of the white police officer who shot and killed female-to-male transgender NaTosha "Tony" McDade a secret.

McDade, who was described as a "black transgender man" by liberal news media outlets, was fatally shot by a Tallahassee police officer on May 27.

Police responding to a call about a fatal stabbing around 10:45 a.m. saw McDade who fit the description of the suspect, armed with a handgun.

An eyewitness told reporters McDade stabbed a man then fled the scene on foot.

Police approached McDade. According to a police report, McDade "then made a move consistent with using the firearm against the officer, who fired their issued handgun, fatally striking the adult female suspect."

Angry transgender activists took to social media to correct the victim's gender and to criticize police and the news media for "misgendering" McDade.

Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell said "anger is justified" after several Black people were killed by white officers in the state.

McDade's death is the third officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.

The police union tried to keep the officer's name a secret using "Marsy's Law." But the judge rejected the motion, saying the Attorney General would need to review the motion.

McDade was initially identified as a woman on social media.

"A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times," one user tweeted. "Non-male so I know you mother***kers don't care. Just talking to myself..."

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A male-to-female trans was badly beaten by a mob of at least 30 men in a convenience store parking lot in Minnesota this week.

Minnesota is ground zero for violent protests in response to the death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a white police officer.

Cell phone video shows the Hispanic MtF trans being punched and stomped by a mob of Black males.

The tweet's author seemed to blame Black men in general and Black "cishet" females for the mob violence.

"Black men I don't have it in me to write a long post cishet Black women I don't have it In me to reprimand you all either. DO BETTER."

After many on social media questioned what preceded the beat down, someone wrote:

"Real Story of [Iyanna] Dior She jump into another persons car. Than she drove 50mph in a parking lot with kids.She than crash into 4-5 different cars. She was also not sober she was intoxicated. She than got out the car and ran to the corner store call sam diary #BlackLivesMatter."

The bloodied and bruised Dior fled inside the convenience store where the owner provided shelter behind the counter.

But Dior began to swear at the mob which only elevated tensions again.

Twitter users expressed outrage at the savage beating, as many asked for contact details to help Dior.

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Conservative Twitter activist Mark Dice tweeted, "So, Black Lives Matter, unless it's a black transgender person who happened to dent another black person's car in Minneapolis?"

Several concerned citizens reached out to Dior on Facebook. Dior soon posted a request for donations to "help me pay for the vehicles I destroyed..."

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A Black biological female killed by a white Tallahassee police officer has been identified on social media as a female-to-male transgender.

Police say Natosha "Tony" McDade stabbed a man to death and was fatally shot after pointing a gun at cops around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

An eyewitness told reporters McDade stabbed a man then fled the scene on foot.

Police Chief Lawrence Revell said "anger is justified" after several Black people were killed by white officers in the state.

McDade's death is the third officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.

Revell said the status of the officer's body camera is unknown. But if it exists it will be made available only after a fringe jury hearing.

McDade was initially identified as a woman on social media.

"A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times," one user tweeted. "Non-male so I know you mother***kers don't care. Just talking to myself..."

But angry transgender activists took to social media to correct the victim's gender and to criticize police and the news media for "misgendering" McDade.

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un•clock•a•ble (uhn-klok-uh-buhl) adjective
1. A complimentary word used to describe a MtF (male-to-female) trans whose feminine appearance is convincing.

Bobby Lytes has completed his transition from male-to-female, according to friends. The 29-year-old Miami native toyed with transitioning for years, but decided to take the plunge while quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic.

A source tells Sandrarose.com that Bobby's transition is now complete and he, I mean she is very nervous that his fans may not embrace him as a woman.

The reality TV personality is best known for his hit single "Make Some Money" (2014) and his role as a cast member on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop: Miami.
 


 

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Sources say singer/dancer DaniLeigh was not born a boy. The 25-year-old Miami native, who is quarantining with rapper DaBaby, is battling rumors that she is transgender after a popular forum identified her as one.

Yes, DaniLeigh has a chiseled jaw line, a thick brow ridge and a muscular chest, but an insider reached out to Sandrarose.com to set the record straight that she is "definitely" a biological female.

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She has fallen victim to the same "man" rumors that plagued Ciara when she was at her peak in the 1990s.

DaniLeigh is best known for her star turn in Prince's music video for his single "Breakfast Can Wait". She was signed to Def Jam Records in 2017.

DaniLeigh is one of the people exposed in a lengthy thread on Lipstick Alley as a male-to-female trans. The rumor has it that a crop of new female artists are actually boys, and that they are preferred by art directors and creative directors because they are not hormonal, overly emotional, or just plain disagreeable like biological women tend to be.

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Eventually, the industry will phase out most female singers and models and replace them with Unclockables such as Instagram model Sonnis Love (pictured).

"They are easier to work with and they work harder than [women]," said one insider who knows a handful of stars who are actually transgenders.

Read the transgender celebrity thread here.

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Hospitals around the country have canceled or delayed surgeries and procedures for "non-life-threatening" medical conditions in order to free up healthcare personnel to treat coronavirus patients.

But one minority group believes they are being inconvenienced by people with life-threatening illnesses related to Covid-19.

On March 19, VICE magazine published an article titled, "As Hospitals Prepare for COVID-19, Life-Saving Trans Surgeries Are Delayed."

The writer blamed the coronavirus outbreak for the cancellation of "lifesaving" surgeries to cut off healthy body parts such as breasts and genitals.

VICE interviewed "a handful of people" who say they face delays from getting their body parts removed in "gender-affirming" surgeries, which VICE called "life-altering procedures".

Riley Cooper, a 23-year-old biological female, wants "top surgery" to lop off her breasts so her physical image can be closer to a masculine image.

"This is the third time it's been postponed," Cooper complained to VICE. "It's getting more and more heartbreaking to keep getting so close to something that will make me feel better and feel like I'm in the right body for once."

Joshua Safer, executive director at Mount Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, told VICE that staff are reaching out to patients who already underwent procedures to ensure continuity in their post-surgical care.

"As soon as it is safe to do so, all postponed surgeries and clinic appointments will be rescheduled with the highest priority," Safer said.

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Angela Stanton-King, who is running for Rep. John Lewis's Congressional seat, criticized Dwyane Wade for exploiting his gender confused child Zaya Wade.

Stanton-King, a best-selling author and former reality TV star, was recently granted a full pardon by President Trump in February, after serving a 6-month home confinement for a white collar crime.

Zaya, who was born a boy named Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, believes he is a girl. The 12-year-old made his red carpet debut at a charity event in Los Angeles, alongside Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union.

Union, 47, posted a video of the boy strutting the red carpet in an overtly provocative manner that many saw as inappropriate behavior for a minor child.
 

Stanton-King, 53, was among the critics who voiced their concern that the Wades are exploiting the child.

"PEDOPHILIA" she wrote above a photo of Zaya. "Gay means Men having sex with men. If you wouldn't want your 12 yr old daughter advertising that she enjoys sex with men/boys why your 12 yr old son? This is confusion, pedophilia, and sexual exploitation wrapped up in acceptance."

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Zaya's supporters among the LGBQ and T communities reacted swiftly, labeling Stanton-King "homophobic and transphobic". She followed up with another tweet:

"I am a woman that loves men and appreciates masculinity. We need our men. We need our sons. We need our brothers. Our men are not women and Our boys are not girls."

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A male inmate who claimed to be a female was accused of rape after he transferred to a women's prison and sexually assaulted a bio female inmate.

Janiah Monroe, who was born Andre Patterson and is listed as Andre Patterson by the Illinois Dept. of Corrections, was convicted of killing two people in 2005.

Patterson was charged as an adult and transferred from a juvenile facility to the Cook County Jail, where he promptly strangled his cellmate.

Prison records shows he is serving time for 11 felonies, including second degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated battery, three counts of aggravated battery against a police officer, 2 counts of aggravated arson, and more.

Despite his history of violence, the 30-year-old was transferred to Logan Correctional Center from a men's prison on the orders of U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Rosenstengel -- an Obama appointee, who ordered the Department of Corrections to give transgender inmates hormones and stop making housing assignments based on genitals or physical appearance.

Shortly after his arrival at the women's prison in Lincoln, a Jane Doe filed a complaint, alleging that Patterson raped her and that she was wrongly punished when she complained.

The female inmate said Patterson was housed in her cell, where he "easily overpowered" her and sexually assaulted her in June 2019.

Other women at the facility filed complaints against Patterson under the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He also threatened staff and inmates.

Patterson reportedly stopped taking female hormones after the transfer to the women's prison.

Corrections officers decided to transfer Patterson back to a men's prison in June. But the governor's office reportedly stepped in and overruled the transfer back to the men's prison in Pontiac.

The governor's office didn't respond to an email from Illinois Times asking for comment.

The female inmate has since filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Patterson is being housed in segregation at the female prison for his own safety. He is scheduled for parole in 2051.