1989 - 2014
Rean Wash, a friend to many of us and longtime ACS user, took her own life last Thursday. She will be deeply missed by those of us who had the privilege of knowing her, and remembered as a good friend who had a positive impact on our lives. Her family requested that her friends make donations to the Trevor Project in memory of her, a charity that runs suicide hotlines for LGBT youth and promotes a culture of inclusivity. She suffered a great deal as a result of her gender identity, and it's a cause that she would have been happy to see supported.
The memorial donation page can be found here (if that link doesn't work, visit Donate -> Make a Gift -> Give Now -> Memorials and Tributes from their homepage). Make the donation in memory of Rebecca Vachon.
On a personal note, I know the terrible lack of closure felt when a friend dies suddenly, and I've felt that emptiness for the past week as I'm sure many of you have. Doing good in her name, both through charity today and tolerant behavior in the future, is an expression of how we felt for her, and the best goodbye that we can offer.