CeCe McDonald is a transgender woman who was attacked by a group in June 2011 yelling anti-gay, racist and anti-trans slurs. One of the group, Molly Flaherty, instigated a physical altercation by smashing a glass in McDonald’s face. It was Flaherty who escalated the verbal altercation to a physical one.The melee escalated and resulted in McDonald stabbing Dean Schmitz, Flaherty’s ex-boyfriend, to death.
McDonald pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and served 19 months in a men’s prison. Flaherty served 6 months in jail for assault.