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Billy Navarro Jr. Records

Identifier: Tretter-339

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains materials donated by Navarro pertaining to the Free CeCe Campaign, and documents the international calls to free CeCe McDonald from a broken justice system. Materials contained here were all either created in 2012, or are undated. Highlights from the collection include photographs documenting global “Free CeCe” protests, handmade signs featuring messages in support of McDonald, and a purple cape emblazoned with the words “Free CeCe” in gold lettering.


  • 2012

Conditions Governing Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical / Historical

Billy Navarro Jr. is a mixed race, genderqueer trans man from Mound, MN... He is one of the founders of the Shot Clinic in the Twin Cities, a community group that works to provide assistance with hormone shots for transgender individuals, as well as educate doctors and healthcare providers about transgender care… He is a community organizer and activist and works/has worked with and for many causes including the Free CeCe campaign, the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Transgender Youth Support Network, Out for Equity, Rainbow Health Initiative, the Minnesota AIDS Project, and many others. (Navarro, 2019).

Navarro was one of the organizers of the Free Cece Campaign. The campaign started after an incident in which a group of friends--including CeCe McDonald, an African American trans woman, were physically and verbally attacked by a group of people outside of a bar in south Minneapolis. Subsequently, McDonald was charged with two counts of 2nd Degree murder, or as her supporters argued: “...prosecuted for surviving a violent, racist, transphobic attack..”(“Free Cece!”, 2019). In the wake of her arrest and imprisonment, a group of activists in the Twin Cities organized a campaign to lobby for her release, which led to the rise of an international protest movement to “Free CeCe!” McDonald served 19 months in prison after accepting a plea bargain for a reduced charge of 2nd Degree Manslaughter. She was released from prison on January 13, 2014 after which time she spent 22 months on parole. For a court transcript of CeCe’s testimony during her plea hearing, see sources below.

Sources “Support CeCe!” Support CeCe!, 2012, Accessed March 2, 2019

Navarro, Billy, Jr.. 2016-02-19."Interview with Billy Navarro Jr.." University of Minnesota Libraries, Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies., Accessed March 01, 2019.

CeCe McDonald’s Plea Hearing Court Transcripts


2 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box and 1 oversize box.)

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into two series separated by material type.

Processing Information

SERIES DESCRIPTION Series 1: Photographs, Signs and Textiles Arranged Physically by material type, based on the order given to them by the donor. Box 1, 2012.

Series 2: “FREE CECE Boards by Billy Navarro Jr & The CeCe McDonald Support Committee” Arranged Physically by material type, based on the order given to them by the donor. Box 2. undated.
Raye O Shiel
March 2019
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area