On June 5, 2011 CeCe McDonald was assaulted outside a bar by a man shouting racist, transphobic slurs. When he cut her face with a glass bottle, she defended herself with a pair of scissors, fatally stabbing her assailant.

McDonald was arrested, and convicted on manslaughter charges and served 2/3 of her 41 month sentence in a men’s prison, and was released in January for good behavior. Earlier this year, we got the chance to sit down with her to discuss transgender activism, mass incarceration, and how trans* people fit into the LGBT pride movement.


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