Alabama preacher kills himself after ‘transgender curvy girl’ persona comes to light

An Alabama mayor and preacher whose “transgender curvy girl” persona was outed reportedly took his own life after attempting to dismiss accusations as an “attempt at humor.”

The apparent double life of Smiths Station, Alabama Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland came to a tragic end Friday afternoon when a wellness check resulted in suicide for the small town official. The incident came just two days after a series of exposés from 1819 News detailed the seemingly sordid pastimes of the Phenix City First Baptist Church preacher who doubled as “Brittini Blaire Summerlin.”

As it happened, the outlet owned by the Alabama Policy Institute had a story on Copeland’s “hobby” Wednesday that detailed his taking and posting pictures of himself wearing women’s clothing, including scantily clad images taken in a bedroom, and publishing them under the Summerlin pseudonym while describing himself as “transitioning transgender curvy girl, that loves smiling, clothes, and shoes!”

Despite his attempt to downplay the outing, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed Friday after a request for a welfare check, “Deputies located Mayor Copeland in the Beulah community of Lee County and a slow pursuit was initiated.”

Eventually he, “pulled over. He exited the vehicle, produced a handgun and took his own life. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Investigators at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.”

Copeland had told 1819 News, “Just my wife knows about it. 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.”

“What I do in my private life has nothing to do with what I do in my holy life,” the preacher mayor further contended. “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?”

Following the report, Copeland had proceeded to offer a sermon at First Baptist Church where he apologized to the community, “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. I apologize for any embarrassment caused by my private, personal life that has come publicly.”

However, reports on his behavior did not stop with his posting pictures online as 1819 News further revealed that Copeland had been composing and publishing works of fiction under the Summerlin pseudonym wherein the protagonist “becomes obsessed with a real-life local business owner, who he ultimately murders to assumer her identity.”

An excerpt from the tale read, “In my cubicle I scanner her page. ‘She posted a new picture!’ Excited I screenshot it to add to my ever-growing collection. To say I was a stalker would be a bit of an understatement. Every post she made I studied it, analyzing and taking notes of her daily routine. What she ate, what she drank, from her favorite coffee to her favorite alcoholic drink. Her life had become my obsession.”

Images of Copeland were reportedly posted to pornography sites, including altered images taken of people said to be members of the community whom he was said to have digitally gender swapped.

Prior to the reported suicide, Alabama Baptist state leadership had posted a message to the community stating, “We have become aware of the alleged unbiblical behavior related to the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Phenix City. We are praying for the leaders of the church family as they seek to determine the truth concerning these accusations. As the people of God, we pray for the pastor and his family as well. We are in consultation with the Russell Baptist Association’s leadership as they endeavor to assist the First Baptist family during this critical time of need.”

Of further note was a March interview with Columbus, Georgia’s WRBL where Copeland had expressed, “I always say, ‘We’re Mayberry 2023.’ It really is like everybody knows your name. You know, everybody dies famous in a small town. That’s what it is. It is Friday Night Lights. It is mama’s apple pie. Our community is very, very low crime, very low drug abuse. Our number one problem is suicide. It is sad. I think a lot of it has to do with the military. I think some of it has to do with social media and the reality of that. That’s the number one problem we have.”


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