Volunteers are searching for a transgender person who has been missing from southwest Houston since September, according to Houston TV station KTRK.
Darius Gatlin, 28, left home on September 11, wearing a pink and white tank top, blue jean shorts and pink and white shoes with flowers and hasn't been seen since, according to the station. Gatlin was assigned male at birth but police and EquuSearch told Project Q Houston that Gaitlin was transgender, based on information from Gatlin's family.
Gatlin's former partner, Brandon Reese, used male pronouns when describing Gatlin to the website, saying that Gatlin often dressed in female clothing when staying out overnight. KTRK misgendered Gatlin, claiming the young person is a man who "was dressed as a woman the last time he was seen."
"I pray that it comes out well," Reese told Project Q. He said their relationship ended in December and he hasn't talked to Gatlin in two months.
Gatlin has neck tattoos of the names "Darius" and "Brandon" as well as a panther tattoo and a chest tattoo of the word "Aquarius," according to KTRK.
Gatlin's dark burgundy-colored 2013 Nissan Maxima with Texas plate number BWH-0539, is also missing, police told the station.
Texas EquuSearch, a volunteer search organization, began conducting searches on foot Friday, and toldKTRK that Gatlin may have been involved in dangerous activities, but did not elaborate.
Transgender people face an increased risk of violence, with at least 19 transgender women murdered this year alone. Transgender people are also more likely than the gay and lesbian population to be at risk of suffering from a hate crime, The Advocate previously reported.
Anyone with information concerning Gatlin's whereabouts should call Houston Police at 713-731-5223.
For more, watch the report from KTRK about Gatlin's disappearance, below.