CeCe McDonald to be released early

CeCe McDonald visiting with Leslie Feinberg in jail before her trial began. (Photo: Leslie Feinberg)

CeCe McDonald visiting with Leslie Feinberg in jail before her trial began. (Photo: Leslie Feinberg)

BY JAMES NICHOLS
Huffington Post Gay Voices

An incarcerated transgender woman, CeCe McDonald, whose case received national media attention over the past several years is now set be to released next week — over a year before her initially scheduled release date. McDonald is the subject of an upcoming documentary by “Orange Is The New Black” breakout star and transgender activist Laverne Cox, titled “Free CeCe.”

McDonald was sentenced in May 2012 to spend 41 months in a men’s prison facility, despite identifying as female, for the death of alleged white supremacist Dean Schmitz in June of 2011. McDonald was walking past a local bar on the night of Schmitz’s death when she allegedly became the subject of racist, transphobic and violent language that evolved into an altercation with Schmitz and other bar patrons. After the group allegedly hurled a glass at McDonald’s face, she claims she attempted to defend herself with a pair of scissors, resulting in Schmitz’s death.’

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