Attacked Trans Woman Faces Murder Charges

Apr 28, 2012 · 1985 views

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In June, CeCe McDonald,  a 23 year old, African-American transgender fashion student, was attacked in Minneapolis while heading to a grocery store with her friends.  What started with racial and gender epithets from a group of two […]


  1. marsian says:

    This just in for anyone in the MPLS area…

    MEDIA ADVISORY – May 2, 2012

    Contact: Katie Burgess, Executive Director, Trans Youth Support Network,, (612) 363-7574; and Billy Navarro, Jr., MN Transgender Health Coalition,, (612)823-1152

    Supporters of Chrishaun McDonald Hold Press Conference After Opening Statements
    Local and National Transgender Leaders Update Public on McDonald’s Case

    Supporters of Chrishuan “CeCe” McDonald will hold a press conference Wednesday, May 02 at noon on the North Steps of the Hennepin County Government Building, The press conference will precede opening statements from attorneys for the defense and prosecution in McDonald’s case.

    What: Press Conference
    When: Wednesday, May 2, 12pm
    Where: Hennepin County Government Center, North Steps

    The press conference will include brief remarks from:
    · Rai’vyn Cross, McDonald’s sister
    · Dean Spade, Professor at Seattle University School of Law and founder of the New York-based Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    · Katie Burgess, Director of Minneapolis’s Trans Youth Support Network.
    Speakers will provide the latest updates on McDonald’s case and discuss the broader issues facing transgender women of color as they relate to McDonald’s case.

    McDonald’s trial began Monday, April 30. Members of the CeCe McDonald Support Committee will be available for interviews following the press conference.


    Katie Burgess
    Executive Director
    Trans Youth Support Network (TYSN)
    P.O. Box 7625 (mailing)
    3405 Chicago Avenue South (office)
    Minneapolis, MN 55407

    612-363-7574 cell

    To learn more about TYSN, visit:

  2. marsian says:

    “CeCe was briefly taken to the hospital where she received 11 stitches in her cheek. Then, while she was still suffering both physically and mentally from this traumatic incident, she was left alone in a room for three hours and then interrogated, after which she was placed into solitary confinement. She spent the next several months in jail and had to wait almost two months between her initial doctors’ visit and a much-needed follow-up appointment. During that time, her cheek swelled into an extremely painful, golfball-sized lump, making eating difficult and producing headaches and pressure on her left eye and ear. Ironically, the only gesture towards CeCe’s well-being that authorities made during her incarceration was to put her in solitary confinement “for her own protection” on two separate occasions, despite her stated desire to be housed alongside other prisoners.” “

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