Some more media attention in the Dashad Smith case

Per this article: the police are still looking for Erik McFadden, described as a person of interest in Dashad Smith‘s disappearance. He dropped out of sight shortly after Dashad was last seen, and hasn’t been seen since. He’s not a suspect, but the cops would like to question him.

I’m surprised and gratified Dashad got any media attention at all. He’s in three categories of marginalized people: black, poor and gay. (That’s right, I did say gay, not transgendered. Several sources I found out about Dashad specifically said he was not transgendered although he did like to dress as a woman from time to time. I’d love it if anyone who knew him could elaborate about this in the comments section.) Black missing people are largely ignored; black men most of all.

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8 thoughts on “Some more media attention in the Dashad Smith case

  1. NH January 9, 2014 / 12:10 am

    Cross dressing and transgender are two different things but often confused perhaps that is why it was explicitly stated. Cross dressing is as it sounds a temporary presentation but with no desire for a permanent change to their body. Transgender people feel that they were born as the wrong sex – a female in male body or the reverse – and they seek to live as the opposite sex full time and may pursue physical changes.

  2. TR January 9, 2014 / 3:03 am

    I think some of the confusion about Dashad’s gender identity was because not only does he dress as a woman at times, he also apparently has a feminine nickname (Sage) he uses when doing so — and that name has frequently been reported/used when referring to him, calling him Dashad “Sage” Smith or even just Sage Smith. It seems even his family sometimes refers to him as Sage (which is kind of sweet). Also, Seeking The Lost produced an early missing flier for him that referred to him as transgender.

    But either way, it’s great to see that people actually care about using the proper terms/pronouns for him, and that most of the discussion around his disappearance seems to be respectful. Whatever has happened to him, I sure hope he’s found soon.

  3. Princess Shantae January 9, 2014 / 7:05 am

    Sage isn’t even an all-female name, it is sometimes used for men too. Sylvester Stallone’s son is named Sage Moonblood, which I think is awful. The Moonblood part, not the Sage; Moonblood sounds like having a period.
    Anyway, maybe Sage was his middle name?

    • Meaghan January 9, 2014 / 7:56 am

      His middle name is Laquinn.

  4. Holly January 9, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I don’t understand why people get upset that a missing person’s organization would state that a person was transgendered or cross-dressing. THIS COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Any identifying factors can make a difference when trying to locate a missing person. That could be a change in hair color, if they dye their hair, piercings, tattoos, etc. And certainly cross-dressing or transgender. If we’re looking for a 6’0″, African-American MAN and someone fitting that same description is found, whether dead or alive, but they’re fitting the description of a woman, it could be them! If it’s noted that they cross-dress. At this point, I think people are just trying to find something to be offended or pissed off at.

  5. WhatANiceGirly January 9, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    Has it been confirmed that he was indeed homosexual? Some men may like to dress in women’s clothing but that does not necessarily classify them as gay. Did he date men exclusively? To me that’s the only characteristic of a man’s behavior that should have them be distinguished as gay. Not all drag queens are gay. I used to be a cop and my mom said the uniform made me “look like a lesbian”. An ignorant comment that slightly hurt my feelings even though it came from my mother. I’ve never seen the Heterosexual or Homosexual departments while shopping for clothing… A person’s wardrobe shouldn’t define their sexuality.

    • Meaghan January 9, 2014 / 5:49 pm

      I am aware that some men who are neither gay or transsexual like to dress up in women’s clothing sometimes. I knew a young man in college who was like that. We were good friends and I once let him borrow my black glitter-covered minidress to wear to a party.

      As for Dashad, I have seen it explicitly stated that he’s gay.

      • forthelost January 9, 2014 / 11:19 pm

        The only cross-dresser I know is a straight man.

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