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Miss. gay advocate resigns after anti-trans rant

Jeff White (Photo courtesy of Brandiilyne Dear)

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — The executive director of a Mississippi LGBT advocacy group has resigned after making a series of anti-trans comments on his social media pages.

Jeff White, who founded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center nearly two years ago, issued a statement on May 29 that indicated his resignation was immediate.

“My prayer is that this community learns to stop devouring each other like ravenous jackals when we need to come together to fight the wrongdoings and injustices being committed against us,” he wrote.

Planet Transgender, a website that covers trans issues, on May 31 published a series of transphobic posts that he made on his Facebook page.

“I am not a cis person,” wrote White in one post. “I am a mother fucking gay man.”

Adair Beany, president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Rainbow Center’s board of directors, on May 30 issued a statement on behalf of his organization.

“We ask that you please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we work through picking up the pieces over the coming weeks,” he said. “We know that with your support and a shared commitment to addressing the issues that our community faces we will come back stronger than ever.”

White is among the LGBT rights advocates the Washington Blade interviewed last July during a week-long trip to the Deep South.