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Trans Woman Referenced by Dave Chappelle Dies by Suicide


Up-and-coming transgender performer Daphne Dorman died by suicide Friday, the Office of Transgender Initiatives for the City & County of San Francisco confirmed to the New York Daily News

Dorman was known by some as the transgender person comedian Dave Chappelle tested his trans-based jokes on, claiming she was "laughing the hardest." Dorman confirmed Chappelle's description, though that didn't change the perception by many that Chappelle's recent Netflix special, Sticks and Stones, was offensively and lazily transphobic.

Originally from Philadelphia, Dorman moved to San Francisco, where she worked as not only a software engineer but a budding comedian and actress. 

On Friday, Dorman left a "goodbye" message on Facebook. She leaves behind a daughter.

If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860. LGBTQ youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at (866) 488-7386. You can also access chat services at or text START to 678678. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.

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