Typical American guy
Twenty-eight year old Chicago native Michael McBride has always thought of himself as masculine. He plays sports, works as a foreman on a construction crew, drives a 2005 Ford pickup and hunts deer with his close male friends in Wisconsin during autumn.
“I’m your typical, all American guy. I like to chase tail just like any other dude. I never thought anything like this would happen to me. It kind of shakes you to your core, you know? What the hell is this world coming to?
At 6’4, he weighs 190 pounds and has crystal blue eyes that convey a sense of innocence. The well-built McBride adds,“I go to the gym all the time and have seen the gays.There’s always one or two that hit on me” he says with a deep voice.“I just don’t roll that way."
Tricked by a Tranny
McBride is coming forward now to share his story in hopes of warning other straight men on the west coast of the potential dangers of hooking up with smartphones.
Mister Hollywood met with him at him at the Classy Café in Rancho Cucamonga, California, a suburb just outside of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. He was in the area visiting his parents who retired here several years ago.
According to McBride, on December 28, 2013, he downloaded Tinder onto his iPhone, an app that is designed for heterosexuals to socialize and potentially meet, much like Grindr works for gay men.
It was then that he began chatting with someone who reported to be 21 years old and went by the name Amy.
What follows is McBride's responses to interview questions.
Can you share what happened that night in December?
Yeah [pause] I had heard from a good buddy of mine about this phone app called Tinder that you could use to meet girls for dating. I figured why not, ya know? [pause] I downloaded it to my iPhone and then spent some time putting in my picture and filling out vitals. It was pretty easy really.
Anyway, I started chatting with different chicks pretty fast. There were plenty that were cuties but there was this one chic named Amy who kind of stood out. She had a small frame, dirty blonde hair and a nice smile. We started chatting it up and decided to meet, ya know [pause] for a hook up.
Can you tell us more about the hookup?
So we decided to meet at the Roadway Inn at Ontario Mills Mall. I had never been there before because I an’t from around here.
Amy said it was a decent place, ya know [pause] clean. I think it cost less than $75.00 to rent the room because I offered to pay to make it easier. After all, she was making an effort so it is the least I could do.
So after we traded a few more pics, it seemed cool because we were both into each other. We exchanged digits and even talked on the phone for a few to make sure we were both legit. She totally sounded like some 21 year old college girl and she giggled a lot ...[pause...] she was very believable.
Anyway, I borrowed my dad’s Chevy Caprice and plugged in the directions to the motel into my phone’s GPS. And so before I knew it, I was there.
So what exactly happened when you got to the motel?
Nothing really ... [pause] ... I did as we had agreed to on the phone. I checked into the joint, tidied up the place up a bit and took a shower. Then I got dressed and waited for her.
She was coming by at 10 ...[pause]...she asked that I keep the lights a little low because she didn’t want to draw attention to the room. I didn’t think much of it at the time.
And so right at 10 she showed up like clockwork.
And then what happened?
We sat down on the bed, started talking a bit and before I knew it we were making out. It was exciting because I’ve never done anything like that, you know?
Did she look like her pictures from Tinder?
Oh for sure ...[pause]... you bet man. She looked really hot from everything I saw and exactly like the pictures she showed me on Tinder. She was a nice looking broad. I an't gonna lie. And nothing about her was setting off any alarm bells.
I was pretty worked up after we start making out and wanted to go a bit further. I tried to touch her in different places but she kept pushing my hand away. I figured she thought I was moving too fast so I stopped. But then after awhile she started to become more relaxed.
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And so how did you find out the truth?
And so here we are sitting on the bed and we got to the point where we started to get busy...[pause] ... if you know what I mean. things were going great when all of the sudden I noticed some gray, shiny duct-tape hanging out of the side of her jeans. She had on them low waist designer types on and the tape was just sticking out a little bit.
What did you do?
Well ...[pause] ... nothing at first. I was not really focused on it at first, ya know?. But after a while that duct tape was making me curious and so I pulled on it and laughed. I was trying to be romantic and have some fun.
Well she didn’t like that at all and stopped In her tracks. She was kind of surprised I did that I guess. And then real quick like she shoved the tape back in her jeans like she was trying to hide it.
That kind of freaked me out a little bit and so I got up and asked her what was wrong. That’s when she told me.
What exactly did she tell you?
She said that she was “pre-op” [pre-operation] or some BS. I didn’t know what she was talking about at first because I was so confused ...[pause]...anybody would be.
She spent a few minutes trying to explain it all to me but I think I was mentally checked out. It took me a few minutes for it to all sink in. Then she ...[pause]... I mean he wanted to keep doing it!
I was so upset that I started to go after him. I think I would probably have seriously messed him up. I never got the chance because he screamed like a banshee and tore off out of the room. He left behind a piece of that fricking tape too. I still have it as a way of remembering what happened.
So what do you want other straight guys to know about from your experience
Look, I just want dudes to know that if they are hooking up in the LA area through a phone, they really need to check these broads out. I found out later from a couple of locals that this kind of thing is not new and has been happening for some time.
Maybe this is the crazy crap people do out here in California but back home in Chicago you know what you are getting. None of this switch and bait crap.
I don't feel like a man anymore and now I'm worried that I might have caught something from that night. I bet there are a bunch of other guys this has happened to. Has to have. No way I am the only one.
There have apparently been other incidents such as the one McBride disclosed in the greater Los Angeles area. On December 28.2011, a man identifying himself as “Andy” shared on a Topix Forum that he had a similar experience.
He explained in detail how he was fooled by a person posing as a female that was so believable that he had no idea of the person’s true gender, which was male.
He discusses how he was fooled by a person posing as a female that was so believable that he still can't fathom how the person did it so well. The two had apparently spent an entire evening together before the reality of the situation became apparent, horrifying the Topix poster and causing him deep psychological trauma.
Transgender Information Video
McBride's final thoughts
At the end our brief interview, McBride explained that he was feeling bit out of sorts over the incident and that he would likely need counseling. Before leaving the coffee shop and back to his parents home off Route 66 in Rancho Cucamonga, he shared these final thoughts.
“I’ve never had any attraction towards men. I can’t believe I couldn’t tell that was a dude in that hotel room and not a girl. But man, she sounded like one on the phone and when we connected, she looked real. Does this mean I am gay?"
- Mister Hollywood attempted to speak to Amy from Tinder but she refused to comment
Ramianne from France on February 12, 2020:
The level of transphobia in this article is astounding. First of all, "tranny" is derogatory. She's a transgender woman.
Secondly, spending the entire article using her actual pronouns, only to switch and start misgendering her when you know she has a penis, shows how stupid this is. If you believe she's a man, then use "he/him" pronouns from the start and own your transphobia. If you have no problem using her actual pronouns for most of your article, then use it up until the end. Inconsistency is stupid; people don't switch gender just like that (or more precisely, gender-fluid people do switch, but if you can't wrap your head about transgender people, gender-fluid people are way out of your league).
Thirdly, it is ok for a guy to be confused when he realises his match is transgender. It is even ok to be so confused that it kills off your attraction to them. But saying things like "I started to go after 'him'" and "I was going to mess 'him' up" as if it's a legitimate response is definitely not ok. Assaulting people, no matter in what context, is never ok. If that's too much for you, then you say no, "sorry" if you're polite, and you go. Attacking her just makes you an asshole.
Finally, transgender people don't "trick you", they don't "pretend".They simply are. She is a woman, no matter how you see it. The fact that you don't understand transgender people is acceptable (even though usually, when you're ignorant about something, you try to understand it and know the subject better instead of staying ignorant); but blaming her and saying it's her fault just because she is who she is, is definitely not ok.
This is precisely why transgender people, especially women, are murdered everyday in every part of the world. You don't attack and you don't kill someone because you don't understand them; you talk to them and try to understand them.
Ethan Tibbets from Quanah, TX on January 03, 2020:
I think this post is generally homophobic and transphobic and should be taken down. What does it matter that some dude got more than he bargained for on Tinder. Have you ever been seriously catfished? And to the people below me, you guys are pretty immature to be saying stuff like "one of those things."
It doesn't make you look big, and it doesn't make you more manly. A penis doesn't necessarily make you a man.
Rape by deception on August 29, 2016:
Some states have a "rape by deception" law, and in my opinion, "Amy" committed rape by deception. From the very beginning, Amy portrayed himself as a female to McBride. Amy gained sexual compliance from McBride fraudulently, by intentionally withholding the fact that he is male, knowing that McBride was a heterosexual male and not interested in sexually in males.
The sole purpose of the Tinder is to bring together people up for heterosexual sex. Amy misrepresented himself to McBride by pretending to be a woman. Amy committed rape by deception when he conned McBride into thinking he was a woman. McBride consented to sex with a woman, not a man. Amy deliberately lied and misrepresented himself.
Michaela from USA on January 11, 2016:
Regardless of how you all feel about Amy's unfortunate faux pas of not mentioning that she was trans before the hookup, using derogatory language and intentionally misgendering trans people is not doing you any favors and making the rest of you look like backwater douche-bags.
In many cases, it's very traumatizing and dangerous for a trans person to come out to others when it comes to dating and that's only going to get worse when this sort of scenario is perpetuated as the worst thing that could happen on a date.
jeff on December 19, 2015:
The people that actually side with the "girl" in this case absolutely astound me. In my mind, a tranny not telling the other person about their "condition" is essentially equivalent to someone with chlamydia not mentioning that fact. Sure, it's personal and nobody else's business until you decide to hook up with them and MAKE IT their business. They're not lying by not saying anything, but they're still a selfish prick who deserves a good ass-whooping for doing so.
Cheryl Auber on September 12, 2015:
I am a Boi
Marty on August 05, 2015:
Yeah man, you're definitely gay now. They say it only takes one accepted touch from one and you're officially turned..
Blah on June 05, 2015:
You're not gay and what happened was horrible. It was completely unfair and disrespectful of "Amy" to not reveal the truth. You did nothing wrong and I hope you move past this.
BA on April 14, 2015:
Yes, it means your gay now.
Chris on March 23, 2015:
Transwomen are very beautiful and it can confuse the hell out of men. Unless you're into that. Happened to me, but I was into it. Guess I'm bi...
Jon Tiana Acero from Stratford, New Zealand on February 22, 2015:
I really hope you recover emotionally from this, that was very deceptive, selfish and cruel, you do not deserve that well no one does. As for that she or he thing, I call it that because that was down right nasty, should try being bloody honest, nothing wrong if you wanna be a tranny.. That's its business but lying to people about it is wrong period
Lex on February 10, 2015:
To answer McBride's question: No. This does not make you "gay".
Granted, if you were into her, that would bump you up from a 1 or 2 on the Scale O'Gayness to a 3, but you're not even BI until 5, so I wouldn't go worrying about it.
brea_mrtn on January 20, 2015:
An unfortunate incident. This Amy clearly took advantage of the guy. She/he/it had no right to do that and if sex was all it was after, it could have easily found a willing partner/tg admirer. Instead Amy wanted was to hook up with a real straight guy for her own selfish reasons, never considering his feelings. Very wrong. Very selfish.
Choo on September 15, 2014:
"he would likely need counselling?" He should get over himself. If anyone's going to need counselling it's this poor girl that he "started to go after." Prick. No matter how fragile your masculinity is, it's no reason to treat someone like that. She made herself intensely vulnerable by telling him that.
Carlos in LA on June 18, 2014:
This guy sounds like a jerk. It's 2014 dude wake up from that 1950s bullshit mindset. He just sounds butthurt that maybe that Tranny rejected him.
Charlie from SF on March 26, 2014:
What an idiot. Trannies at all over these sites, some are up front and others are not. For a group of people that don't like traditional gender roles or being forced to conform to society's views, men to women trannies seem almost unanimously to portray women in stereotypical objectified fashion. Basically if you come across a photo of a woman that looks right out of a hustler magazine, except the make up is even more noticeable, and every full body shot has the classic hip thrust, and "she's" super eager to hook up, be suspicious cuzsit's probably a dude, idiot. This article would have been better if the pig had gotten a d*** in his mouth.
Vallin from Atlanta, GA on February 20, 2014:
Find yourself with a hot trap and can't handle it? I'm a stone trap/trans-lover who LOVES givin' em EV-er inch-a-my LUV. Send them to me };)!
Nick on January 14, 2014:
That is totally messed up man. I would freak out if something like that happened to me!