TDoR 2020 / 2020 / September / 23 / Doona Jué

Doona Jué

Age 19 (born 10 Nov 2000)

23 Sep 2020
Montpellier, Hérault (France)

Doona Jué
Doona Jué [photo:]

Doona died by sucide. She was a student studying psychology, and had reportedly suffered transphobia on a daily basis.

On the day she died, her University had threatened to withdraw her accommodation if she made another suicide attempt.

Doona, a 19-year-old trans student ended her life at around 5 p.m. by throwing herself under a train at Montpellier's Saint-Roch station.

Doona was a student at the University of Montpellier Paul-Valéry, she had made several suicide attempts at her home in the Vert-Bois University City as warning signs. She had complained everywhere, "Everyone knew about it," but to no avail.

She complained of too much transphobia on a daily basis and from health workers; and most recently from the Crous de Montpellier on the same day which, a few hours before, had threatened to withdraw her accommodation and remove her scholarships, according to Solidaires student Montpellier.

According to a letter from SCUM, a student union in Montpellier, she had already tried to end her life on several occasions, says France 3. In a letter addressed to the director of Crous, the Montpellier university union accuses him of not having sufficiently supported Doona. " This suicide attempt follows previous attempts of which your services had been informed. However, following the second suicide attempt, a CROUS social worker and a school doctor were in direct contact with Doona ", says the letter.

A transgender student from the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 committed suicide by throwing herself under a train, Saint-Roch station, Wednesday, September 23. Doona, 19, was studying psychology undergraduate studies and lived at the Vert-Bois university campus in Montpellier.

While the exact causes of her are not yet known, this desperate act follows previous attempts, linked to difficulties in being accepted by society.

Almost all of the tributes following her death return to Doona's suffering and loneliness. Her friends also evoke the rapid development of her discomfort. Reproaches are finally addressed "to the medical system".

Yesterday a young woman, a sister, lost her life. That was Doona. She was 19 She was studying in Montpellier and was an activist in the Queer community. She committed suicide (murder of an identity) because of the transphobia of our society.

It was read, in support of the rights of Trans and Women on social media and fighting mégenrage [all persuasive discrimination affecting the lives of transgender people].

She will be missed. And we'll do anything to make her the last one.

Thank you for being you and your presence at our steps and events.

We're really sad, but we don't give up!

NB: The day of her death, the Crous explicitly told him that she would lose her home if she had another suicidal crisis. THANK YOU STATE YOU HAVE A FREE ROOM

As news of her death was reported, protests took place in Lille, La Rochelle, Rouen, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Strasbourg, Aix, Pau, Paris, Tours, Bordeaux, Rennes, Besançon, Dijon, Marseille, Angers, Lyon, Metz, Nice, Grenoble, Rouen, Amiens, Orleans, Le Havre, Quimper and Tertre - Nantes.

The day before yesterday, Tuesday September 29, rally against transphobia and student precariousness in tribute to Doona, who died in Montpellier last week. The rally was followed by a die-in in front of the CROUS in Rennes.

Doona's Facebook profile is

Report added: 10 Oct 2020. Last updated: 8 Oct 2022

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