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Ex-KKK poster child R Derek Black quietly comes out as trans in new memoir: report

The former poster child for white nationalism has quietly come out as transgender in their debut e-book — in which they reminisced about being mistaken for a lady whereas working with their father’s KKK chapter.

R Derek Black revealed in the epilogue of their new memoir, “The Klansman’s Son: My Journey from White Nationalism to Antiracism,” that they recognized as LGBTQ and used they/ them pronouns, in accordance with an excerpt obtained by the Daily Mail.

Black, 35, grew to become well-known in 1999 on the age of 10, after they appeared on salacious daytime discuss program “The Jenny Jones Show” to hawk the backward beliefs of their father, Klu Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Don Black and godfather, former Grand Wizard David Duke.

R. Derek Black
R. Derek Black got here out as transgender in their debut e-book “The Klansman’s Son: My Journey from White Nationalism to Antiracism.” instagram/rderekblack

It wasn’t till they attended the famously progressive New College in Sarasota, Florida, in 2010 that they got here to phrases with their “emerging understanding of my gender identity” and disillusionment with the white supremacist motion.

“[New College’s] culture and the people I met there helped me accept that I fit under the trans umbrella,” Black wrote in the e-book, set to be launched May 14.

According to the memoir, Black skilled gender dysphoria since they had been a child, however didn’t have a grasp on what it meant.

While spouting racist rhetoric on “The Jenny Jones Show” and even in footage of them as a child dressed as a Confederate soldier, Black sported an extended, flowing haircut that appeared inconsequential on the time, however the teenager was harboring a secret pleasure for strangers continually mistaking them for a lady.

R Derek Black on Jenny Jones 
As the age of 10
Black spouted white nationalist rhetoric on the age of 10 throughout an look on “The Jenny Jones Show” in 1999. Jenny Jones Show

“I liked the gender confusion, except in public bathrooms, where adult men always took it upon themselves to compliment my looks before telling me I was in the wrong room,” Black said.

“After puberty started, I kept my hair long, but I was able to use the bathrooms in peace, and was relieved to stop getting the inappropriate comments.”

Black’s ideological evolution grew during their college years as they began dating a Jewish woman and attending Shabbat dinners in a friend’s dorm, despite their family being “some of the most famous antisemitic activists in the country,” they wrote.

Klu Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Don Black (center) of Alabama is flanked by armed guards at the cross burning climaxing a Klan recruitment rally outside Winnsboro 9/25.
Klu Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Don Black is flanked by armed guards at a cross-burning climaxing of a Klan recruitment rally. Bettmann Archive

They lived a double life for the first semester of college at the New College, which Black joked regularly ranked among Princeton Review’s top 10 for schools with the “‘Most Liberal Students,’ ‘Most LGBT-Friendly,’ ‘Most Weed Friendly’ and ‘Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians.’”

Black kept their gender identity a secret from their family, and their history as an outspoken white nationalist from their school friends, despite regularly hosting the neo-Nazi radio program, the “Don and Derek Black Show” with their father on weekday mornings.

Black’s college friends discovered their dirty secret and ostracized them immediately, but Black continued hosting the radio show until 2013, when they finally publicly disowned their history of white nationalist activism.

Black holding rainbow hearts.
Black disavowed their racist activist historical past in 2013, citing their attendance at Florida’s New College for opening their eyes. instagram/rderekblack

The former racist reached their breaking point after they engaged in long, challenging conversations with their now-wife, licensed clinical psychologist Allison Gornick.

The pair married in 2020, using the lockdown as an excuse to not invite the Black family, whom they rarely speak with.

“Allison entered my life at a moment that I felt least like someone worthy of being trusted or loved. I had known even then that my loyalty to the community that raised me had led me to betray all the people who’d chosen to be close to me,” Black wrote.

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Black hardly ever speaks with their white nationalist household, they revealed. instagram/rderekblack

“It’s impossible for me to imagine my own life story without her intervention. She showed me that I could love other people fully and unafraid, and I showed her how wide the world is and that we could experience all of it together.”

Now, Black is working as an “advocate for antiracism,” in accordance with their social media.

In their epilogue, Black mentioned they’re concentrating on supporting different trans folks “whose rights are now under vicious, loud attack in Florida.”

“I can’t imagine how horrible it would have been to grow up in the current political environment as a child who, until puberty, was quite happy about being often perceived as a girl, and who then hid that part of myself,” they wrote.

Black’s father, who served time in jail for plotting an invasion of the Caribbean island of Dominica in 1981, nonetheless runs Stormfront.

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