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Homophobic BLM Activist Arrested for Fraud

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday September 28, 2020

Sir Maejor Page at a rally in Toledo, Ohio, in June
Sir Maejor Page at a rally in Toledo, Ohio, in June  (Source:Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire, via Associated Press)

A man who claimed to be an activist associated with Black Lives Matter has been arrested on suspicion of spending donations on himself. The suspect has a history of homophobic comments, media sources report.

According to The New York Times, Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta - a group that was supposedly associated with Black Lives Matter - took in more than $460,000 in donations over the summer, but the funds are thought to have been spent on clothes, land, firearms, and a house by a man who goes by Sir Maejor Page, who is also known as Tyree Lavelle Conyers-Page.

What's more, Page reportedly has a history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. His alleged homophobia was part of the reason he was ejected from a Black Lives Matter group called BLM Atlanta, according to a 2016 article published by Atlanta Progressive News.

"Page opened a bank account for BLMGA in 2018 with himself as only signatory," recounted news station NBC 24.

The account had little money until this summer, the article said.

"After May, the BLMGA social media page received roughly $36,493.80 worth of donations in June, $370,933.69 in July and $59,914.69 in August, all of which was transferred to the bank account."

The Atlanta Progressive News article called Page a "BLM Impostor," and reported that he had a history of impersonating law enforcement personnel.

Local publication the Georgia Voice reported specifics about Page's history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, reporting on how he appeared in a long video on Facebook and decried what he said was BLM Atlanta trying "to push the LGBT agenda."

"They aggressively did gay role-playing," Page claimed, reported the Georgia Voice, before going on to say that BLM Atlanta "forced" "people to be part of this LGBT-based movement."

Page, 32, does not live in Atlanta at this point, but rather Toledo, Ohio, reported the New York Times. Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta reportedly sought contributions through GoFundMe and, as national protests in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others gained force over the summer, donations to Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta surged.

Page took to social media to show off expensive clothing and brag about staying in expensive hotels, the Times reported. Meanwhile the other Atlanta group, Black Lives Matter Atlanta, distinguished itself from Page's group, announcing that they would "never seek donations."

"This is a grass-roots collective movement to fight for justice for the disenfranchised, and victims of police brutality," BLM Atlanta said.

Page was arrested Sept. 25 and faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering, the Times reported.

On Sept. 27, US Attorney for the Norther District of Ohio Justin Herdman released a statement in which he lamented that, "there is no cause, no tragedy, and no event that fraudsters won't seek to exploit."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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