Transgender Games Developer Rachel Bryk Commits Suicide

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In tragic news that has been breaking over the last few days it has been reported that games developer and transgender woman Rachel Bryk has committed suicide following online bullying.

23 year old Rachel Bryk, who is best known for her work on a software project called Dolphin, as well as some prominent work on both Camecube and Wii emulators, has suffered not only from Gender Dysphoria for many years but also crippling physical pain as a result of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Shortly before her death Rachel left a number of social media websites, stating on a 4Chan forum that it was due in large part to the transphobic abuse and harassment that she was receiving.  When she stated on 4Chan that she was considering taking her own life she was met with encouragement to do so rather than the support she would have needed.

‘DO IT, if you’re such a weak willed thin skinned dipshit then fucking do it,’ one anonymous commenter told her.

Her comments were mocked, with people stating that ‘jumping off a bridge isn’t rocket science.’

After her death was announced the abuse online continued, with some on 4Chan describing her death as a ‘victory’.  Commenters even went on to describe her as ‘the whiniest fucking faggot’ and ‘any tranny death is good riddance’.

It has been reported that following the abuse Rachel committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge, that connects New York and New Jersey.  An eyewitness has stated that they saw her leave her purse on the bridge before jumping into the Hudson River.

Her body has not yet been recovered, but her family have planned to hold a funeral for her when her body is found.

To all those transgender people out there who may be considering taking their own life, please remember that there are many options available to you.  Please call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or the LGBT National Helpline on 888-843-4564.  In the UK you can contact the Samaritans on 08457 909090.

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9 Responses to Transgender Games Developer Rachel Bryk Commits Suicide

  1. Anonymous April 28, 2015 at 10:26 am

    “To all those transgender people out there who may be considering taking their own life, please remember that there are many options available to you.”

    Not true, which is why I intend to follow suit in the next couple days. Pills and having your ear talked off by therapists and suicide hotlines is no substitute for surgery.

    • Amy Walker April 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

      Please don’t take your own life. I know how hard it is, I understand that you’re going through pain but please do not take your own life. There is so much to live for in the world, and I’m sure so many people who care about you.

    • Cornelis April 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      What good will suicide do? You’ll be gone, the bullies will win and other people might be pushed towards the same end.
      We’re all going to die, why be in such a hurry?
      There is still opportunities for fun to be had and to be kind to other people and be helpful.
      I’m a pre-everything trans-guy and I have my really shit days. No family around and few friends, non of them know what it’s like.
      But I’m ever so slowly working towards my goals and I will give it my all to reach it. I’m not going out without a fight.
      I too don’t feel like therapists can’t really help me, so I’m helping myself.
      I’m not a child and I don’t want anyone to fix my problems for me. When I finally do get to transition the reward will be effin sweet and all this BS will be behind me.
      And ofcourse in life new BS will pop up and I will deal with it.
      Whenever I die at least I will have lived on my terms with my mistakes and my victories and nobody can judge me.

      • Annonymous April 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

        You bring forward one of the core reasons for my scheduled departure. You liken those of us with disabilities to helpless children. There are so many in the community that feel that way; ‘stop complaining and go work for the money’. Problem is some of us can’t; we’re at the mercy of Medicaid and the voters in our state. Attorneys are more interested in fighting for prisoners than they are the disabled. That’s just one reason, and there are many more. My death is meant to accomplish ONE thing; to end my pain. Who wins? Me. I can do this one thing for myself, so I am.

        • Sue April 29, 2015 at 10:23 pm

          I have no comprehension of the pain you’ve experienced. But I have known many who have opted for suicide. Of course, that option is always there for you.

          But what if you are here to do something you haven’t done yet? Do you wonder about that? Do you think there might be someone you are meant to reach? And maybe that person is meant to reach you? I don’t know if it’s through your writing or through real life experiences…

          I only ask these questions because once you decide on suicide, that’s it. Obviously. So in the meantime… is there any unfinished business you’d like to do?

          Sending you much love during this very dark and difficult time.

  2. Love FN Deluxe April 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    transgirl here. i’ve attempted suicide thrice myself, so i think i’m qualified to say that one of those anons was right–if you’re too weak-willed to keep living, then suicide is perfect for you. if you’ve already decided your life isn’t worth living, who has any right to tell you otherwise?

    anyone who’d commit suicide because some random douchebags–on a website FAMOUS for its population of random douchebags, no less–said to do it was probably planning on it anyway. you don’t post “hi i’m feeling suicidal” on 4chan unless you WANT to be told to go through with it, and you certainly don’t go through with it unless you’re not all that attached to life anyway.

    really disgusting that you decided to push the same tired “omfg cyberbullying” narrative instead of focusing on Actual Reasons People Commit Suicide, e.g. lack of support from friends and family (though, incidentally, that is the #1 reason people turn to the internet for support in the first place). moreover, do you really think 4chan had more to do with this than the fact that she was literally in constant pain from two incurable conditions?

    i’d say you should be ashamed, but the fact that you even wrote such a blatant piece of carrion-feeding propaganda proves you’re incapable of shame.

  3. Zoé Grey April 28, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    If you are trans and in need of help, please do not call either of those hotlines. Neither has trans people working the phone and both have been demonstrated to be harmful to trans people due to both lack of education on trans issues, or blatant transphobia.

    PLEASE, call the Trans Lifeline instead: 1-877-565-8860

    The Tran Lifeline is staffed by transgender people who understand your struggles and share in them. ♥

    • Nobody Important May 23, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      I’ve found the Trans Lifeline largely unable to help…which is why I stopped calling. They don’t have a clue what to say most of the time, or they like to use tired platitudes like “change takes time” and “it’s getting better”. Another affirmation that dying is the only way this pain is going to end in the near future, and it’s the only thing I have control over.

  4. get the facts February 7, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    You need to don’t also need to show these; just produce them within the comfort of your own property.