Words: Steve Brown
A man who was bullied in a viral video because he was dating a trans woman has taken his own life.
Maurice Willoughby, from Philadelphia, was filmed defending his relationship with his trans girlfriend Faith.
Maurice – also known as Reese Him Daddie – wrote online: “Y’all can say whatever about faith I really don’t care if she not passable.
“I don’t care if she wasn’t born a woman, she is a woman to me and I love her flaws that’s what makes her Faith if you heard her story it’s motivating…
“I’m happy you should be happy for me.”
In a viral video, a group of people confronted him about his relationship in the streets and recorded the confrontation.
The video gained traction online and, according to friends, he slipped into a depression as the video was circulated online.
Aazios quoted a friend saying: “He was getting picked on and joked on all the time.
“Where we are from, if you like trans women, and you black, the streets will talk about, fight you, even try to kill you.
“He was dealing with a lot.”
Now the publication has reported that the online bullying was a factor in his suicide.
Journalist, Ashlee Marie Preston posted the video onto Twitter with the caption: "When a man is confident & secure enough to openly love a trans woman; this is the bullying and harassment he gets.
"When trans attracted men kill us; it’s out of fear that this will happen to them if they are outed. Reese didn’t kill his girlfriend; he killed himself instead. #RIP"
When a man is confident & secure enough to openly love a trans woman; this is the bullying and harassment he gets. When trans attracted men kill us; it’s out of fear that this will happen to them if they are outed. Reese didn’t kill his girlfriend; he killed himself instead. #RIP pic.twitter.com/P4el3duZGZ— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) August 20, 2019