Trans Activist Dead at 44

Amber Landon, Cougar Tales Editor

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Approximately 40% of transgender adults attempt to commit suicide during their life. Unfortunately, Daphne Dorman became a part of that 40%. She posted to her Facebook what appeared to be a goodbye note. Dorman was a huge trans activist who even supported Dave Chapelles’ Netflix Special about the trans community.

“I love you all. I’m sorry. Please help my daughter, Naia, understand that none of this is her fault.” Becky Kugler, Dorman’s sister, confirmed the death of Dorman in the comments section of her Facebook post. Daphne was a fixture in San Franciscos LGBTQ community and taught coding classes through a Trans Code program.

Dorman’s apparent suicide comes weeks after her shout-out from Dave Chapelle, after his comedy special Sticks and Stones. Chapelle talked about meeting Dorman, and her excitement of becoming a stand up comedian. Dorman’s photo also appeared in the credits of Chapelle’s show. After the special released, Dorman celebrated her quick appearance on Instagram. “Yeah, you know, it’s just that moment when you realize that after Dave Chappelle talks about meeting you in the secret ending of his new Netflix special, you see your photo appears immediately after Barack Obama’s photo in the credits,” Dorman wrote.

Clair Farley, director of the bay areas Office of Transgender Initiatives commented on Dorman’s suicide, “I have known Daphne for years, she was an important part of the Bay Area’s trans community,” Farley said. “Daphne was one of the kindest and funniest people in the world, she never let anything get to her and was always giving back.”

“Suicide is all too common for our community.”