Gaming communities are mourning the death of prominent transgender game developer Rachel Bryk, who committed suicide on April 23. Bryk, 23, was plagued by chronic pain, which she told friends was a result of rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. She took her own life by jumping from the George Washington Bridge, which connects Manhattan to New Jersey, something she discussed on social media platform ask.fm in the days before her death.
Over the past two years, Bryk had become one of the most prominent game developers on a software project called Dolphin. She was well-known for her work on Gamecube and Wii emulators—her favorite being Pucca’s Kisses. Despite her beloved status in online gaming communities, Bryk commented on a popular 4chan forum that she was withdrawing from various sites because she suffered constant, trans-phobic harassment. After her death, word quickly spread throughout these communities, and forums were flooded with memorial posts in her honor, and tributes to her work and collaborative nature.
What prompted Bryk’s final decision to take her own life remains unclear. Friends have contacted Vocativ suggesting that her chronic pain may have been a factor, and despite the respect she earned in the gaming community, Bryk wrangled with depression. Just days before her death, the online harrassment she had been subjected to for months took a more direct form. Commenters mocked her suicidal comments, saying “jumping off a bridge isn’t rocket science.” The last note from a commenter, simply said “Good Riddance”, to which she replied: “Yeah pretty much.”
Gamers across the world were deeply saddened by the news, and many have used this tragedy to discuss the dangers of transphobia in online communities. One former colleague from Dolphin commented: “No matter what, she was always willing to help anyone. Of all the devs she was the most helpful on the forums, always pitching in. Dolphin is a smaller place without her.”
An insider tells me that all the jobs that in the job centre are not being offered to people at the moment because they are waiting for the outcome of the election , now correct me if I’m wrong but won’t they be sanctioning these poor buggers for not applying for jobs that they don’t even know about ?
Would they ever consider stopping sanctioning until after the election? Of course not!
A Skelmersdale man has had all of his toes amputated as he was forced to spend winter in a tent after falling victim to the bedroom tax.
Mitchell Keenan, 32, was diagnosed with frostbite six weeks ago after his family discovered his blackened toes and rushed him to hospital.
Mitchell was living in the tent with his father Keith, 62, following their eviction from their four-bedroomed home in Birch Green last year when they fell behind with their repayments.
Keith was also diagnosed with severe health problems including malnourishment, scabies and dementia.
Dawn Doyle, 54, is Keith’s sister, who tried to find them shelter, she said: “It’s absolutely outrageous what has happened to my brother and nephew.
“They lived in their home for thirty years and got into difficulty last year.
“They had their benefits sanctioned and things just spiralled out of control, they both have neurological conditions and disabilities and kept missing job interviews, so the problem got worse and worse.
“In July they lost their home and I tried everywhere to get them accommodation but nowhere would take them.”
Dawn was eventually forced to buy her brother and nephew a tent, which they pitched on the Beacon in Skelmersdale.
She also supplied them with food parcels from local food banks, while trying to provide for her own family.
Dawn said: “I felt awful that I couldn’t take them in, but I’m a single parent, with my own disabilities and I just knew I couldn’t cope.
“I tried my best for them and contacted so many different organisations, but just kept getting turned away.
“Social Services said they couldn’t come and assess them because they were in a tent – it was just farcical.
“When we saw Mitchell’s toes we were horrified, that this can happen to people in the 21st century is disgusting.”
Mitchell has now been given temporary accommodation by West Lancashire Borough Council and Keith has been taken in by Stonham housing.
Dawn said: “The bedroom tax is an awful thing, it’s affecting people’s lives all over the country and needs to be repealed.”
Children’s author Cece Bell wanted to show what it felt like to be the only deaf kid at her school. So she wrote a graphic novel/comic strip.
Spotted on Facebook. Sharing in support of this mother and daughter.
A woman was left penniless after a hoax caller rang the Department of Work and Pensions to report her death.
Instead of demanding a certificate to back up the claim, it appears a worker simply ‘deleted’ Janet Millward from the system.
Janet had no idea she was ‘deceased’ until her benefits were stopped.
And within days, letters offering bereavement advice started arriving addressed to the “Estate of Miss Janet Millward”.
Both her housing benefit and Disability Living Allowance were scrapped and the tax office wrote to her “personal representative” giving tips on how to settle her estate.
Now the DWP has apologised for the mistake, which it blamed on human error.
But Janet, 50, wants to know why the word of one person in a phone call was enough for her to no longer exist.
The mix-up happened after a man claiming to be her son ‘Alex Millward’ rang the DWP to report her death.
Unemployed Janet, who does not have children, says within moments a chain of events was put in place to erase her.
She said: “They know everything about me. Why didn’t they check? Why didn’t they pick up the phone? It just beggars belief.
“They just pressed a button and that was that. It effected everything.
“Why was a death certificate not asked for? When my brother died last year we had to provide a death certificate for everything.
“I want to know why such questions were not asked. It is unbelievable. Somebody, claiming to be my son, can just ring up and say I have died, and that is enough.”
Janet relies on the £240 benefits she receives once a fortnight to survive.
“I was extremely distressed. All my money was stopped.
“I was getting letters addressed to the representatives of Miss Janet Millward. But I was not dead.”
It took two weeks to correct the error and Janet, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, contacted her Labour MP Mike Kane, who took up her case.
He has since received a letter from the DWP apologising for the mistake.
The letter said: “Unfortunately, due to human error, a date of death was incorrectly input to Miss Millward’s records.”
HM Customs and Revenue also wrote to Janet, saying: “Our records did show you as deceased and thus the system generated a letter to your address re this.
“I can confirm that I have now updated your record to show you are not deceased and can only apologise again for any distress this may have caused you.”