A New York City DJ resigned last week after he admitted to receiving oral sex from a trans prostitute, but his boss refused his resignation.
A NYC police arrested Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee, who worked with Big Daddy Kane and Notorious BIG, March 30 along with 20-year-old Lawrence Campbell.
Mister Cee, whose real name is Calvin LeBrun, pleased guilty to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offence, his second conviction on the same charge.
Initially, the station’s manager denied the allegations against the Throwback at Noon host.
Mister Cee offered his resignation, not for the criminal activity, but because he thought the stigma of admitting he engaged in sex acts with a trans person would detract from his effectiveness as a DJ.
Cee’s program director, Ebro Darden, refused to accept the host’s resignation and instead encouraged Cee to speak frankly about his sexuality.
This development spurred Janet Mock, who appeared in Ottawa earlier this year as part of Carleton University’s Pride Week, to write about preconceived notions about trans women.
For all the homophobia and transphobia found in the world of hip-hop music, Darden proves there are some people in that world who would rather explore human sexuality over inciting shame.