Dylan Simmons ’17, third-year Stanford law student, passes away

Dear Stanford Pride community,

It is with a heavy heart that we share news that we’ve lost Dylan Simmons, a cherished member of the Stanford LGBTQ community.

Dylan Simmons ’17 M.S. ’17, a third-year Stanford law student, passed away in a campus residence on Thursday night, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole and Dean of Stanford Law School Jenny S. Martinez announced in a message to the community on Friday, January 21, 2022.

A gathering sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs was held in the law school student lounge on Friday afternoon with representatives from Counseling and Psychological Services, the Graduate Life Office and the Office of Spiritual Life. More gatherings and support resources will be available in the coming days.

Update: A memorial service was held on Friday, January 28 at 1:00 pm at University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, TX. View a recording of the memorial service.

Friends, family remember the life of Dylan Simmons ’17, M.S. ’17
– The Stanford Daily, Feb. 7, 2022

Below we are sharing a message from Stanford’s Queer Student Resources.

January 21, 2022

Dear community, 

We have some tragic news to share and are really sad to be writing this email.  We learned today that we’ve lost a deeply loved member of our community, Dylan Simmons. 

Dylan has been a cherished part of many communities on campus over the last several years as an undergrad, co-term and most recently as a grad student at the Law School.  For the last few years they’ve been on staff at QSR.  We are in deep mourning for our dear friend.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be finding ways to grieve, celebrate, remember, and honor their life and will make sure to share opportunities to engage in these processes collectively.

We’ll be gathering in front of QSpot (Firetruck House, 433 Santa Teresa St.) at 7:00 pm. tonight to be there for each other, to honor Dylan and to grieve. We’ll have candles and flowers and encourage folks to bring whatever else they want. 

As always, please stay safe, find support, and reach out in any ways that you need to and let us QSR directors know if there are ways that we can be there for you. 

Below is a list of resources–please share these widely and use these freely as we find our way through this hard time. We know how difficult such deaths can be to process, especially within our communities, and we encourage folks to find support in whatever ways feel right to them. 

With care, 

Danny, Michael, and Ben 
Queer Student Resources directors

Resources and support services

Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline is an anonymous and confidential peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and gender questioning peers.

Trevor Project: (866) 488-7396 also available via online chat or texting
The Trevor Project is a crisis intervention program for LGBTQ youth. 

Weiland Health Initiative (for queer and trans* students)
To schedule an appointment go to:  https://weiland.stanford.edu
Phone: 650-723-2005 

Students can also call Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 24/7 at (650) 723-3785. More Stanford resources are listed here.

Stanford Grief Resources:

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