Natalie NguyenAge 22
3 Nov 2017
Seattle, Washington (USA)
Natalie was hit by a car after leaving a suicide note. In death, her family erased her identity.
Sometime early this morning, a Vietnamese American Seattle woman named Natalie Nguyen apparently committed suicide by stepping out in front of an oncoming car. She was 22.
I never knew her IRL name until this happened; I knew her only as Tipsy Tentacle, a well-liked (and much-loved by many) member of the Mastodon community.
She was reportedly experiencing a lot of emotional pain related to her transition. She was at a party with some friends (some of them also Mastodon people, and at least one of them being someone I’d consider friend-material if I knew her a little better — so not clods; real, supportive people) and apparently that pain just overcame her at some point. (Clarification: As far as I know, harassment wasn’t a factor here; I mainly (vaguely) remember her talking about dysphoria and being misgendered… and being breathlessly delighted when gendered correctly, like ‘did I even hear that correctly?’ I know that feeling so well.)
She left the party saying she was going for a walk. She left a suicide post on Mastodon. And then the police were handing her stuff to the friend, saying “I’m sorry for your loss”.
The news is reporting it as a hit-and-run… and also misgendered her initially, but enough Mastodonians yelled at them that they’ve corrected that error.