Transgender comedienne Daphne Dorman has died by suicide.
The Office of Transgender Initiatives in San Francisco, California confirmed the news on Friday, October 11th via Twitter.
“To our TGNC community, we love you,” the tweet read. “We are saddened to learn about of loss of Daphne Dorman today who was a beloved community member.”
The Office concluded the message, urging those that need support to reach out to Trans Lifeline and Trans: Thrive, both of which are open on Friday and Saturday for drop in hours.
Ahead of the suicide, the activist posted what appears to be a suicide note on her Facebook page.
“’I’m sorry,” she began. ‘I’ve thought about this a lot before this morning. How do you say ‘goodbye’ and ‘I’m sorry’ and ‘I love you’ to all the beautiful souls you know? For the last time. There’s no good way. That’s what I got out of all that thought.”
The actress then went on to apologize to those she would potentially anger and fail with her actions and asked them to think of her better memories.
‘To those of you who are mad at me: please forgive me,” she wrote. “To those of you who wonder if you failed me: you didn’t. To those of you feel like I failed you: I did and I’m sorry and I hope you’ll remember me in better times and better light.”
Dorman concluded her note asking loved ones to ensure her daughter knows she was loved and is not to blame for the decision she made to end her life.
“I love you all. I’m sorry. Please help my daughter, Naia, understand that none of this is her fault. Please remind her that I loved her with every fiber of my being,” she ended.
Dorman was an active member of the trans community and advocate for trans-rights.
She had a background in technology which she utilized as a Senior Software Engineer in her previous job for Vineti, LLC. She also created her own web development agency, and used her free time to pass on some of her knowledge at the San Francisco LGBT Center, where she was an instructor for Transcode : ‘a series of classes aimed at training transgender members of our community for a career in technology with specific emphasis on programming for the internet.’
As for her acting career, Dorman had a twelve-year career as a TV and stage actress and worked at The Actors Center of Philadelphia, as the Director of Operations, teaching improvisation and stage combat classes.
If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or suicidal, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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