Friends and colleagues of Camila Maria Concepción are mourning the loss of the trans Latina activist, actor and writer following her death by suicide last week. She was 28 years old.
In a statement, the team behind Gentefied (a recently-premiered bilingual Netflix series "about three Mexican American cousins and their struggle to chase the American dream") expressed their heartbreak over the loss of Concepción, writing:
"[Camila] was hired as our writers' assistant... but quickly made her way into our hearts as a sister, writer and friend. She co-wrote episode 109 'Protest Tacos,' and we were so blown away by her amazing talent and unique voice. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with and we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our brightest stars."
Concepción, a native of the Inland Empire and graduate of Yale University, came up under Transparent creator Jill Soloway. The two women notably worked together to advance the 50/50 by 2020 campaign for gender parity in film and television.
Several of those who worked closely with Concepción have taken to social media to pay tribute to her, including Gentefied co-creators Linda Yvette Chávez and Marvin Lemus.
So incredibly sad to hear about the passing of the thoughtful, creative, funny, incisive Camila María Concepción. Cursing the world that hurt you and made you feel devalued and that is so much worse with your absence. https://t.co/mNYno0Zivy— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) February 26, 2020
List of Worldwide Suicide Hotlines
Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6