Trans Actress and Comedian Daphne Dorman, Who Defended Dave Chappelle, Commits Suicide

If you’ve watched the Epilogue of Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, Sticks & Stones you’ll recall Chappelle’s anecdote about a trans woman who came to all of his San Francisco shows and with whom he had a drink with afterwards. He said the woman’s name was Daphne and that she’d read an article where the New York Times had criticized him for “normalizing” R. Kelly by making fun of him but had not normalized the trans community in the same way.

Chappelle was touched by their encounter and conversation.

Dorman committed suicide on Friday according to the NY Daily News.

Hours before news of her passing started to circulate online, Dorman posted what appears to be a goodbye message on Facebook Friday saying she was “sorry.”

“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,” Dorman started.

“To those of you who are mad at me: please forgive me. 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,” she continued, before ending with an apology:

“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,” the emotional note ends.

People who need to speak with somebody about the traumatic experience should contact Trans Lifeline, a peer support crisis hotline for transgender folks at 877-565-8860 or reach out to Trans:Thrive.

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