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Alabama preacher F.L. ‘Bubba’ Copeland kills himself after being outed as ‘transgender curvy girl’

An Alabama preacher and politician killed himself Friday two days after being outed for having a secret life he shared online as a “transgender curvy girl.”

F.L. “Bubba” Copeland, who was the mayor of tiny Smiths Station, with a population of just 6,756, as well as the pastor at First Baptist Church in nearby Phenix City, shot himself around 5 p.m. in front of sheriffs who were following him.

Copeland was a married father of three.

His suicide came after police were asked to do a welfare check and began tailing his car.

“He exited the vehicle, produced a handgun, and took his own life,” the sheriff’s office said.

Copeland’s suicide followed an exposé in 1819 News, a news site once owned by the conservative think tank, the Alabama Policy Institute, that described Copeland’s secret life online as a transgender woman under the pseudonym Brittini Blaire Summerlin.

“Brittini” described herself as a “transitioning transgender curvy girl, that loves smiling, clothes, and shoes!”

One of his social media profiles showed Copeland wearing different women’s outfits, including bedroom photos of himself in women’s underwear.

1819 News also reported that Copeland could be seen wearing some of his wife’s clothes in his posts.

Copeland referred to himself as a “thick transgender woman” and encouraged other trans women to go on hormone replacement therapy.

He also posted transgender porn as well as transgender fiction and erotica that he apparently wrote, according to 1819 News.

Copeland told 1819 News, which published the report on his 62nd birthday, that his online alter ego was a harmless “hobby” that did not go beyond his home.

“Just my wife knows about it,” Copeland said. “It’s a hobby I do to relieve stress. I have a lot of stress, and I’m not medically transitioning. It’s just a bit of a character I’m playing. … I don’t go out and seek solicitation or anything like that.”

Copeland told 1819 News, which published the report on his 62nd birthday, that his online alter ego was a harmless “hobby” that did not go beyond his home.

“What I do in private life has nothing to do with what I do in my holy life,” Copeland told 1819 reporter Craig Monger. “Does this have any effect on me being mayor, that I sometimes put on a dress or sometimes put on makeup? Does that have anything to do whatsoever with me being mayor or being a pastor?”

He appeared to take his outing in stride after the exposé was published Wednesday.

That night, he delivered his regular sermon at the First Baptist Church of Phenix City and briefly addressed the scandal.

“I have been an object of an internet attack,” Copeland said. “An article that was written about my capacity as the mayor [and] capacity as a pastor. The article is not who or what I am.”

He downplayed the online material, calling it an “attempt of humor.”

“Yes, I have taken pictures with my wife in the privacy of our home in an attempt of humor because I know I’m not a handsome man nor a beautiful woman either,” Copeland continued. “I apologize for any embarrassment caused by my private, personal life that has come publicly.”

A March interview that Copeland did with Columbus, Georgia’s WRBL was both poignant and eerily foreshadowed his own fate.

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