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Trans Comedian Daphne Dorman Dies by Apparent Suicide at 44

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If you experience suicidal thoughts or have lost someone to suicide, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Transgender comedian Daphne Dorman died by apparent suicide at the age of 44 on Friday after posting a concerning message on Facebook, according to a tweet from San Francisco’s Office of Transgender Initiatives.

Dorman, a comedian, actress and activist, recently garnered national attention for being mentioned in Dave Chappelle’s August Netflix special, “Sticks and Stones,” which many criticized as being transphobic. In a stand-up extra, Chappelle said when he tested his controversial jokes, a trans woman “was laughing the hardest.” Dorman shared on social media she was the person Chappelle was referencing.

Dorman’s death highlights the fact that people in the LGBTQ community, the trans and gender non-conforming community especially, are more likely to attempt and die by suicide. According to a recent national study by the Trevor Project, more than half of trans and non-binary youth seriously considered suicide in the last year. Another study found 40% of trans adults have attempted suicide, highlighting the need for additional support and access to mental health services for the LGBTQ community.

Fans and friends reacted to her death on Twitter and shared condolences.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who feel suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 or text “START” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Header image via Daphne Dorman’s Facebook page

Originally published: October 14, 2019
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