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:

Letter to the Editor – In Memoriam of bell hooks ‘73

This letter was submitted to The Stanford Daily in response to the December 22, 2021, article, “Stanford community reflects on passing of Black feminist scholar bell hooks ’73

January 11, 2022 Update: The Stanford Daily has updated their original article to include information about her queer identity.

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Stanford Pride Board of Directors, we commend Sophia Ibrahim for bringing attention to literary icon and trailblazing advocate bell hooks in her article, “Stanford community reflects on passing of Black feminist scholar bell hooks ’73.” We were impressed with Ibrahim’s reporting as part of The Stanford Daily Winter Journalism Workshop.

However, we want to highlight an important omission in the article, because it does not bring up bell hook’s identity as a queer Black feminist. Just as Stanford University is currently examining and addressing widespread discrimination towards marginalized groups on campus, Stanford Pride has embarked on a similar journey to combat anti-Black racism and become a more inclusive organization. This starts by acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of our queer Black community.  

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

bell hooks defined queerness as “the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live,” and Stanford Pride is committed to creating that space and amplifying the diversity of voices in our community.

Kyle Duarte, President, Stanford Pride

Allison Martin, Vice President, Stanford Pride

Two $10k scholarships available for BIPOC+LGBTQ students

Applications Due January 15, 2022

Announcing The Mensa Foundation‘s first-ever Progress Pride Scholarship to lift and center marginalized students at the intersection of BIPOC and LGBTQ.

Two $10k university scholarships are available for those who identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ and who have a demonstrated record of positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. This is the Mensa Foundation’s largest scholarship award ever!

An essay is all that’s required up front, due January 15, 2022. Open to all U.S. university students, inclusive of undergrads and grad students.  Awardees will be selected in early 2022 and will then need to furnish a résumé/CV.

For more information, visit https://progresspride.org/ and please share with your networks.

About the Mensa Foundation: Founded in 1971, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation is a philanthropic, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence. The mission and strategic focus are directed at scholarships, education, and awards.

Stanford Pride Announces Board Structure

The Board consists of several committees: the Executive Committee, Community Relations (which has two subcommittees – one for on campus events and relations, and another for beyond campus events and relations), External Communications, and Recruitment & Membership. The 2021 Committee Leads, Committee Members and Committee Email are shown in the chart below.

CommitteeLeadMembersEmail Alias
Community Relations & Events – Beyond Campus SubcomitteeAngel Fabian / Anthony GutierrezAlex Bandza, Jason, Kelly, Kevin, Raulcmte.beyondcampus@stanfordpride.org
Community Relations & Events – Campus SubcomitteeLily Zheng / Mike GisondiChris Lucas, Jessie, Zsea Bowmanicmte.oncampus@stanfordpride.org
ExecutiveKyle DuarteAllison Martin, Laura Schact, Will Frankensteincmte.executive@stanfordpride.org
External CommunicationsClaude BaudoinGus Hernandez, Jarreau Bowencmte.communications@stanfordpride.org
Recruitment & MembershipBri ListerCenon Advincula, David Browncmte.recruitment@stanfordpride.org