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Former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks, who was born Gabe Tufts, came out as a male-to-female trans this week, saying, "This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me."

Tufts, who now goes by the name Gabbi Tufts, shared a photo on Instagram, along with the caption: "The ball dropped early today as this is now worldwide news. This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do."

The reaction was mostly positive on Instagram. But some wrestling fans expressed shock at the once muscular wrestling star's new look.

"What the f*ck," wrote one stunned fan.

Another follower wrote: "You gained a new fan today. Be YOU. You are loved. We are here to lift you up. I’m so happy you are embracing your true self. I hope you continue to find peace now that this weight and darkness is lifted."

Tufts wrestled professionally from the late 2000s to the early 2010s. His signature move was known as the "Burning Hammer."
 

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Music producer Money Jezus is disappointed at the negative comments to his music video featuring a Black male-to-female trans.

In the video, a young man takes his trans lover (Lana Patel) to meet his family members at a BBQ where they unexpectedly welcome Patel with open arms.

Money, aka Desmond South, has worked with the music industry's top hip-hop artists including Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Jeremih, Nick Jonas, Kodak Black, Verse Simmonds and more.

As record labels work toward a goal of featuring more trans models in place of women in music videos in 2021, Desmond’s inclusive music video is not resonating with some hip-hop fans.

Desmond addressed the negative comments:

"Not surprised at all to see all the hateful ass comments," he wrote on Youtube. "I know y'all want me to remove this video but it ain't happening. This is exactly WHY this story needs to be shown."

A supporter wrote: "This was lovely. Don't let some of the ignorance in the comment section make you forget that your creation will mean a lot to many people who watch it. Keep on creating because there are many who will keep appreciating."
 

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A suspect arrested in the murder of aspiring rapper MO3 (right), allegedly shot his transgender friend in August.

Kewon Dontrell White, 22, was arrested Wednesday after a confidential informant identified White as the gunman who killed MO3, real name Melvin Noble, on a Dallas freeway on Nov. 11.

White was taken into custody at his home in an Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas.

Witnesses say White got out of his car and chased Noble after the rapper's car was disabled on the freeway.

White shot Noble multiple times with an AK-47 pistol, then got back into his car and drove away.

Noble was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

White was also charged with felony weapon possession after police found a 9 mm handgun in his possession during an arrest in November.

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White was arrested in August when he allegedly shot a male-to-female transgender whom White was in an intimate relationship with.

The victim, who goes by the username @BarbieAdamore on social media, survived the shooting. White was released on bond.

In a comment posted under a recent photo of Adamore wearing a green sweatsuit, an Instagram user wrote: "No weapon formed against you shall prosper."

Another user wrote: "Lord keep u covered he disowned yo a** when u aint accept yo real self."

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A former female-to-male transgender who "detransitioned" back to a woman won a groundbreaking lawsuit against a transgender clinic that failed to carry out a proper mental assessment before prescribing puberty blockers for her as a teen.

Keira Bell, 23, brought legal action against Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the only clinic in the UK that provides gender identity development services for transgender children.

Judges presiding over Keira's case said doctors at the Trust must now get a court order before prescribing puberty blockers for children under age 16.

The judges said children are unable to mentally understand the complex consequences of puberty blockers and cross-sex drugs.

"Children under 16 who wish to undergo under reassignment can only consent to having puberty blockers if they are able to understand the nature of the treatment," the high Court ruled in its landmark decision.

Keira, who was prescribed puberty blockers at age 16, was injected with testosterone at 17 and had her breasts removed at age 20. She is now living as a woman.

She said she felt like a "guinea pig" and she claimed the doctors at the Trust failed to perform a proper psychiatric assessment on her before she transitioned.

Trans children's charity group Mermaids called the ruling a "devastating blow" for trans children waiting for sex change treatment.
 

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Domestic violence against men is on the rise, according to a National Family Violence Survey. But women's groups dispute the study's findings. They say the data is flawed because some of the "women" in the study were not born biological females.

They point to recent cases where journalists overuse the term "woman" to describe male-bodied individuals who have not transitioned.

The November 24 headline at the New York Post read, "Florida woman charged in machete attack wanted to be with man's wife."

The November 27 headline at NBC2.com read: "Woman stabs Venice man with a machete in attempt to steal his wife."

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's headline read, "Machete-wielding Maine woman charged with attempted murder in Sarasota County."

According to The Herald:

"A Sheriff's Office arrest report states that a couple were in bed when someone broke into their home and began hitting them with an object. The husband identified his attacker as Robert Gibson, who he told police transitioned from male to female and identifies as Alana."

How many more Alanas are included in the statistics of women killing men at historically unprecedented rates?

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A teenager whose interaction with a male-to-female trans inmate launched a popular internet meme is allegedly dating the same MtF trans 10 years later.

"Cedric" was a vulnerable wayward teenager, struggling with his sexual identity when he appeared on an episode of "Scared Straight" 10 years ago.

He was placed in a room with a flamboyant inmate, Ms. Foxy, who flirted with him. "I was waiting on you at the door," Ms. Foxy said. The scene launched a popular internet meme.

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Cedric, now a grown man who goes by the username @cedriciconic on IG, hooked back up with Ms. Foxy, who went on to capitalize on his internet fame.

The two are now unlikely lovers with a decade or more in age between them. They are seen together in photos on shopping sprees and relaxing at home.
 

 

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Democrats Ritchie Torres (right) and Mondaire Jones became the first openly LGBT Black men elected to Congress.

Torres will represent New York's 15th District and Jones will represent New York's 17th Congressional District.

"It is the honor of a lifetime to represent a borough filled with essential workers who risked their lives to that New York City could live," said Torres in a statement. "My pledge to the district is simple: I will fight for you. The Bronx is my home, it is what made me who I am, and it is what I will fight for in Congress."

Jones, 33, previously served under the Obama administration in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice.

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Also on Tuesday, Sarah McBride, a Democrat, became the first openly male-to-female trans ever elected to Congress. McBride won the election in Joe Biden's home state of Delaware.

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Paris Cameron's killer, 19-year-old Devon Kareem Robinson, was convicted of murder in the deaths of Cameron, 20, and two others at a Detroit house party.

"Paris was a fireball," said Cameron's friend, Sunshine Johnson. "She was a loving spirit. She tried to help everybody"

Johnson said Cameron loved cooking soul food, voguing and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race.

On May 25, 2019, Cameron met 19-year-old Robinson at a Detroit gas station and invited him to attend a nearby party.

He hesitated.

"He would walk back to her, walk away from her, walk back," says special prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz.

Robinson walked home, then eventually changed his mind and went to the party. Police say he had sexual encounters with several people at the house party.

One witness said he left the party looking a little blank, Powell Horowitz tells PEOPLE.

Surveillance cameras show him pacing and dry heaving in the gas station parking lot before he returned to the house party.

"An hour later, you see the figure emerge running toward where the house party was. He kicks in the door and begins just fire indiscriminately killing three people," Powell Horowitz tells PEOPLE. "Two others survived, but watched their friends die in their arms."

Following his conviction on three counts of first-degree murder and other charges, Robinson was sentenced to three life terms in prison without parole on June 30, 2020.

“Hate comes in many forms, and self-hate is a driving factor in harming these trans women of color," says Powell Horowitz.

Cameron was one of 26 transgender women murdered in 2019 in what the Human Rights Campaign has called an "epidemic of violence."

Powell Horowitz said the murders are fueled by self-hate and fear.

"It's almost always men who identify as straight who are harming trans women. It's almost always motivated by fear of being found out. They would literally rather kill them than be found out," Powell Horowitz says.

Johnson maintains a Facebook page, Long Live Paris, in Cameron's memory.

"I'm going to always keep her memory alive," Johnson says. "The love we had for one another was unconditional. That young lady was really everything I was trying to be. I miss her every day."
 

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Caitlyn Jenner confirmed Kanye West is living alone in Wyoming -- away from his estranged wife Kim Kardashian and their four children.

Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, insisted that despite West's recent Twitter meltdown, the rapper is "a good person" with "a big heart".

The 70-year-old Olympian, who was married to Kanye's mother-in-law, and is the father of two of her 5 children, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, appeared on British TV show Good Morning Britain on Monday, Aug. 3, and voiced support for the "Gold Digger" rapper, who is determined to be the 46th president of the United States.

"Well, honestly I don't know," Jenner responded when asked about West's political ambitions. "Since all of this has come down, I have just kind of watched it just like everybody else. I haven't had a chance (to speak to him), he is living up in Wyoming most of the time.

"So, I just wish him the best. I made that as a joke about being his VP when he announced that. But I hope for the best for him. He's a really good guy."

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The male-to-female reality TV star went on to praise the 43-year-old rap producer, who suffers from bipolar disorder, for being "a good friend", especially during the years when Jenner underwent gender transition.

"The only thing I can talk about is really how he treated me through everything and he has been the most kind, loving human being and so good to me throughout the years and especially going through everything I've been going through in the last five years," Jenner said. "He's been such a good friend."

The former Olympic decathlon winner added "He has been extremely supportive. Kanye has got a big heart... he's a good person."

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And when asked about the situation in the U.S., Jenner insisted: "I don't even want to discuss or talk about politics anymore."

"It's a different world, I want to go back to the old world!... I think here in the U.S., a lot of it is political. We have an election coming up, it seems everything right now is politics, politics, politics."

Jenner, who previously supported Donald Trump, stopped supporting the President in 2018 due to his administration's lack of support for the transgender community.

The "I Am Caitlyn star" no longer politically identifies as Republican, and instead claims to be "economically conservative, socially progressive".

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A 20-year-old Dallas man has been charged in the shooting death of male-to-female trans Merci Richey, aka Merci Mack, last month. Mack, 22, is the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Police arrested Angelo Walker who allegedly killed Richey over a video of the two together.

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Richey (pictured) was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on June 30.

An eyewitness told police he was inside his apartment when he looked out a window and saw Walker "chasing a woman" through the parking lot.

Walker shot the victim then stand over the victim and fired his weapon multiple times. Richey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The witness said Walker and the victim had argued over a video and Richey threatened to share the video on social media.

In a Facebook video, Richey threatened to post an intimate video of the two of them on Snapchat the day before the murder.

Walker was charged with murder in the second-degree and booked into the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday. His bail was set at $900,000.

Richey's sister, Tyeshia Rickett, told the Dallas Morning News her family was relieved to learn of Walker's arrest.

She said Richey was a "happy person" who doted on his niece and nephews.

"That's the kind of auntie she was: 'I don't care what your mama said, come get in this car, and we're going to get some ice cream.' They loved her," Rickett said.

Rickett said she appreciated the outpouring of love and support for Richey online.

"I knew she had friends, but I didn't know it was that many," she said. "It was heartwarming to see everybody's pictures and videos that they shared. It was so amazing."