Alabama mayor Bubba Copeland helped students erect roadside signs saying 'don't ... trends now

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An Alabama mayor who took his own life after it emerged he had a 'transgender curvy girl' alter ego previously ran a suicide prevention campaign following the loss of a local teenager.

Fred 'Bubba' Copeland, 49, died by suicide last Friday after images of him dressed in women's clothing, wigs and make up were shared online amid claims he also posted 'explicit trans porn'. 

Prior to his death, he had been mayor of Smiths Station and pastor in Phenix City.

In 2019, his role as a pillar of the community saw him launch a campaign to help those struggling in the wake of a suicide of a local teen.

He erected signs which said: 'You are worthy of love' 'Don't give up' and 'You matter'.

Alabama mayor and pastor Fred 'Bubba' Copeland worked on a suicide prevention campaign in his local community just a few years before he himself took his own life after images of him dressed as a woman were exposed

Alabama mayor and pastor Fred 'Bubba' Copeland worked on a suicide prevention campaign in his local community just a few years before he himself took his own life after images of him dressed as a woman were exposed 

Copeland died by suicide last Friday amid ridicule over his 'hobby', dressing up in women's clothes as alter ego 'Brittini Blaire Summerlin' 

The pastor had secret social media accounts where he allegedly shared erotic trans fiction he had written and memes about transitioning, which featured real people from his community. The mayor said his wife was aware of his online persona

 The pastor had secret social media accounts where he allegedly shared erotic trans fiction he had written and memes about transitioning, which featured real people from his community. The mayor said his wife was aware of his online persona

But just a few years later, the pastor would ultimately end up dying in the same manner, after his secret persona 'Brittini Blaire Summerlin' was revealed to the world by right wing website 1819.

The married father-of-three shot himself in the head in front of police at the side of the road after they had been called to conduct a welfare check. 

Copeland ran a small grocery store and was pastor at First Baptist Church, where a sign proclaims to passersby, 'Jesus Loves You. All Are Welcome.'

His public social media presence detailed baptisms, family gatherings, homecoming parades and sales at his country store.

State Rep. Jeremy Gray, a legislator from nearby Opelika, said Copeland had been a 'steadfast presence' after a 2019 tornado devastated rural sections of the county, killing more than 20 people. Copeland was photographed with then-President Donald Trump when he toured the area.

But his online life became public on November 1 when 1819 posted the first of several items describing posts he made using an alias on Instagram and Reddit as a 'transgender curvy girl' with photos of

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