NYC Firefighter Attacks Trans Girlfriend; NY Post Kicks Her While She’s Down

New York fireman Taylor Murphy was previously known as the hunky stud who posed as Mr. March in the 2011 NYC Firefighter calendar.

Now he’s better known for abusing his trans girlfriend, Claudia Charriez, who had previously made it into the semifinals on America’s Next Top Model.

After an incident at Midtown strip club Flashdancers, Murphy, 28, attacked Charriez in a jealous rage, shattering her cell phone and dragging her down the street by her hair.  “He pinned me into a telephone booth and strangled me, then let go and started crying,” says Charriez, who broke free and ran home—only to find Murphy waiting for her there. According to police, he attacked her again—punching, biting, kicking and choking her until she ran for safety. “I told him to leave and that I didn’t want to see him again,” she said. “It set him off, and he slammed me into the bed and strangled me again with so much force.”

As if the violent assault wasn’t enough, Charriez got assaulted again on Friday—this time in print. In reporting the story, the New York Post referred to her as Murphy’s “transsexual ‘gal’ pal” in a story bearing the headline “Fireman busted after violently ‘beating’ tranny pal.”

Those “ironic” quotation marks are theirs, by the way. Because obviously choking and kicking isn’t really “beating” someone if the victim is transgender. The Daily News, however, handled the story in a more straightfoward manner.

Not surprisingly, GLAAD issued a tepid reprimand to Rupert Murdoch’s favorite birdcage liner. But we don’t think that’s nearly enough. Someone ought to get those ticked-off trannies with knives to march over to the News Corp offices on 40th Street.

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  • Fitz

    Wow, Taylor is probably going to get at least 30 days of paid administration time. And MAYBE be told to go to 6 months worth of unlicensed therapy. DV laws are so pathetic.

  • JayKay

    He needs a spanking. I volunteer, I’ll take this one for the team.

  • Romper Room

    Can you say “roid rage”? I knew you could!

  • Thomas

    He’s a hot tranny mess.

  • TMikel

    He is a mess, that is for sure! Query, was the attack because he was jealous or because she is transexual? If the former, what does her gender status have to do with anything? Is Queerty following Murdoch in calling attention to this aspect of the story?

  • Michael

    WTF do you expect from the Post? This is the same paper which on the day gay marriage passed in NY they ran a photo of a woman trying to jump off of a building with the headline “Don’t do it!”. They’re as about as conservative as any paper can get.

  • Kathryn

    I hope this scumbag literally dies in a fire. That will be Internet-awesome.

  • slanty

    Was he drunk or sober? I’m curious.


    @JayKay: Yesss Gawd!!!

  • Gay Veteran

    People in the comment section are wasting no time.. making fun/light of a domestic violence situation. I wonder if the victim being trans has something to do with it. Interesting because when it was Chris Brown and Rihanna making headlines, no one was offering to “spank” Chris Brown instead they wanted him thrown in jail for a very long time.

    It’s lgbT for a reason.

  • milhouse

    That firefighter is hot! I find it hard to believe he would do what is being claimed, unless he was provoked somehow.

  • bamabeau

    So because the guy is attractive he gets a free pass?

  • Aiden

    @milhouse: What!?!???

    bamabeau If he’s white, yes.

  • Chico

    @milhouse: You are incredibly stupid! Do you know this man personally? If not, how do you know what would drive him to act violently? You don’t. I am hopeful that your dense view of his appearance does not eventually translate into a relationship of your own.

    And Gay Veteran, you are so right! These responses disturb me. Perhaps they too are blinded by the hotness this man portrays with his photo to actually grasp the levity of that man doing those horrible things (allegedly) to that woman. I guess they care less about the victim when the monster looks good in workout shorts.

  • Pieta

    In my opinion, he’s kind of ugly. There’s a point where men become “too ripped.” I mean, look at his chest. It’s like he has man-boobs. In any case, he’s an abuser, and he should probably spend some time alone. Away from women.

  • Jimmy Fury

    @TMikel: Mentioning her gender status here is valid because this is a glbT blog.
    Pointing out that the story involves a transgendered woman makes it relevant to the subject matter Queerty covers. Without that it’s just a story about a guy beating his girlfriend.

    It’s completely different from a mainstream paper mocking her.

  • bamabeau

    >Query, was the attack because he was jealous or because she is transexual?

    The former. According to another message board, he’s well known in the NYC transgender scene.

  • JasonMichael

    Social Scientists declare ONE Out of Every Twenty-Five individuals ia a SOCIOPATH!
    THAT is someone with ZERO conscience & capable of being quite charming,but still slitting YOUR throat !
    That is what worries me about a large segment of the gay community & the general public, that seem naieve about not judgfing behavior of any kind,but giving everybody & everything a pass. Well.there are consequences for walking through life braindead, & giving SOCIOPATH free-reign over YOUR life! No matter how cute,muscelly,& charmingly sexy THEY may seem, THEY will still beat you till YOU’RE D E A D !!!!!!!!!
    Wake Up to REALITY, educate Yourself, & realize everyone & everything isn’t necessarily what it APPEARS to be ON THE SURFACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Character is DESTINY & IT could very well cost YOU YOUR LIFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Miss Understood

    @TMikel: Her gender status is an issue to us because of the way she is being treated. The New York Post would probably not be so disrespectful in it’s reporting of a woman born female if she were beaten and abused. We also need to be on watch to see how the police respond.

  • Mav

    @milhouse: WTF? You find it hard to believe he would beat someone up because he’s good-looking? That’s one of the most ignorant things I’ve ever heard someone say.

    In any case, I agree with Pieta – I think he’s gross. For a variety of reasons. I hope the courts slam him for what he did.

    It disgusts me that so many people take this assault less seriously because it was against someone who is transgendered. Regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation, they’re still just regular people and they don’t deserve to be attacked or degraded, especially not by some ‘roid raging asshole like this one.

  • Michael

    This is beyond horrible, but there is a positive aspect to this. This article does bring to light that attractive, manly “straight” men are attracted to transexual women. Although what he did was vile it does show the world that, yes, transexual women are able to attract men who are considered, by some, to be the prime of the male population.

  • Israel Luna

    She was his girlfriend. He knew she was trans. Her being trans had nothing to do with it. He’s a typical roid-filled douche who was extremely insecure and attacked her. Pretty obvious.

    I’ll be happy to send my ticked off trannies over there to teach him a lesson or two. I think Pinky La’Trimm would have quite a time with a knife and his toenail.

    writer/director of TOTWK

  • jj

    He’s def not “100% straight.” Usually guys that are into trans-type women are into the “thought” that they are having gay sex but still feel “straight” because the woman is trans. They are birds of a dif feather for sure.

  • Anthony

    He’s really hot and fit! Don’t know what’s she us complaining about? He can beat me anytime! She should be thankful that she had such a hunk of a boyfriend!

  • Jamie

    Whatever happened to people taking some personal responsibility for the things that happen to them?

    Let’s look at this:

    1. She’s dating this guy, so she no-doubt already knows he has anger-management problems.

    2. She goes with him to a seedy strip bar (no doubt dressed like a tramp and flirting with guys).

    3. Is surprised when the dirt-bag boyfriend who she already knows has a temper reacts.

    4. What kind of guy takes his girlfriend to a strip bar anyway? What kind of woman wants to go to one?

    In life, generally, you reap what you sow. The doctors may have made her a “woman,” but they obviously weren’t able to make her a “lady.”

  • b


    wow. speculate much?


    @Jamie: Agree 1000%. When this dude, who is no doubt fine as hell, beat her up the first time “she broke free and ran home” and when he attacked her the SECOND time, “she broke free and ran to safety”. why not after the first beating run to the police instead of running home, why instead of “running to safety” after the second beating she didn’t run outside, find a brick and bash her boyfriend’s head in or better yet run to her pistol and put a bullet in him.. I have zero respect for ANYONE male, female,or transgender who ALLOW their boyfriends or whoever to attack them. I have sisters, female friends, nieces and aunts and not ONE time has a man EVER laid a hand on them.

  • ousslander

    sounds like he was druk and jealous and it not anti-trans attack.

  • Jamie

    @No. 26

    No, I read the story in the New York Post, which has a lot more information in it than this one. If you get past the rude headline (which the Post is noted for Trans or Not-trans) it’s pretty hard to feel sad for Ms. Charriez, who is only one-half of this white trash, low-life circus act.

    If Charriez wasn’t trans, and wasn’t famous, this story wouldn’t even be here. It would just be one more stupid woman with no common sense looking for trouble and finding it.

  • Sequence

    This is a case of domestic violence and, while regrettable, it seems apparent from the circumstances that the violence has absolutely nothing to do with her being trans. If you made an entry every time an LGBT person was a victim of domestic violence, you’d be out of bandwidth in a hurry.

  • Chico

    I am repulsed (not shockingly) by the comments. He’s hot so therefore he could beat her? She’s lucky to have had a boyfriend that looks like that becasue she is trans? Because he openly dates transexual women means that he is a little bit gay?
    Really though, I am mostly shocked by those who claim that she deserved it because: a) she should have known that the guy was abusive, b) she is white trash and put herself in a situation where it was ok to be abused, and c) she ran home after the 1st attack instead of running to the police in the first place. Now tell me something. Were any of you in that woman’s head? Perhaps to here, home was the safest place. It is no shock (or shouldn’t be to those who are ACTUALLY familiar with the transexual struggle) that she did not go directly to the police because the police have quite the reputation of not being friendly towards transexual people. They may not know she is transexual but that doesn’t erradicate the fear she may have felt that they may suspect and react accordingly.
    Regardless, anyone getting beat like that is unacceptable, male or female. What is more unacceptable to me is when idiotic people try to justify it because there is no justification. period. Violence is not the answer.

  • Gwen

    Queerty, you do NOT get a pass on the ‘t’ word. If it was rude for the NY Post to say, it’s rude for you to say it, even in jest. (The whole ‘ticked off tr*****’ thing). The misogyny coming off of most the posts (with a few very nicely worded exceptions) is breathtaking. Could someone please tell me why (especially on internet boards) there are always at least a few gay men who will jump in on trans topics and try to speak for us? Do they honestly believe they understand us, or is this more a man/woman dynamic?

  • Will


    So if a lesbian dates a transwoman, is she secretly wanting to be straight? If a gay guy dates a transguy, does he also want to be straight?

    C’mon. You can be 100% straight or 100% gay and date a trans person. A transman is a real guy, and a transwoman is a real girl; just because you accept them for their body (WHATEVER it may look like “down there”) doesn’t make you any more/less gay or straight.

  • Ex-Friend

    Obviously he is gay but that is not the subject here. What he did is wrong and absolutely unacceptable. Choking someone who is no challenge to the opponent that is attempted murder. This abuser is going to get away with it. But, I can guarantee everyone that we will hear about him in the news again. Hopefully next time he won’t get away with it. I’m an ex friend and he once told me that he is capable of killing someone. That was the end of the friendship. I believed the statement that he made because I found him to be strange. Shortly after that statement I read about this violent act of his. Please girls and transgenders stay away from this animal.

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