When the straight world collides with gender identity issues it becomes the land of unintended consequences, confusion, misunderstandings and focusing on the wrong things like bathrooms. Please! It is fodder for the sensational media, but in the end it only hurts a community that has already suffered much oppression.
Combine the forces of human nature with the epidemic of missing persons and it can create the perfect storm. The Cue Center for Missing Persons, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, rated one of the top 100 non-profits in the nation as an all volunteer operation, has served thousands (more than 9,000) families of missing persons in its 22 year history.
Profile: Synopsis from the Cue Center for Missing Persons:
Dashad, Laquinn “Sage” Smith identifies as male or female depending upon the situation. Dashad is a male transgendered person who has not had surgery. She disappeared on November 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Charlottesville, VA. She was last seen in the 500 block of West Street to meet someone she met on line by the name of Eric McFadden.
Police have not been able to locate Mr. McFadden and he has not been seen since that time. Lolita Smith, “Ms. Cookie,” is Dashad’s grandmother and has served as her primary advocate and family support.
Dashad was dressed in house clothes- dark grey sweatpants, a jacket and a black scarf and grey boots. She was to meet Eric near the Amtrak station. Law enforcement did a search of a local landfill with no results. Police have communicated extensively over the years with her grandmother, “Miss Cookie,” since the disappearance.
Dashad had just signed a new lease on her very first apartment, and was extremely happy, with no known reason to go missing. Typically, she was in constant contact with her grandmother previously.
November 20, 2015 marked the three year anniversary with a special event in her honor. There is no particular theory as to the whereabouts or circumstances of Dashad’s disappearance.
Missing Since: 11/20/12
Missing From: Charlottesville Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age at Disappearance: 19 years
Weight: 130 pounds
Hair: Black (Long)
Clothing: Black jacket, dark grey sweatpants, black scarf, and grey boots.
Full name: Dashad Laquinn Smith
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If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 or the 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.