A transgender flight attendant who got attention with a pro-trans United ad was found dead Monday at home in Colorado, the New York Post reported.
Kayleigh Scott, 25, was the subject of a 2020 United "Transgender Day of Visibility" commercial.
Image source: YouTube screenshot
A Monday Instagram post from Scott reads:
As I take my final breaths and exit this living earth, I would like to apologize to everyone I let down. I am so sorry I could not be better. To those that I love, I am sorry I could not be stronger. To those that gave me their everything, I am sorry my effort was not reciprocated. Please understand that me leaving is not a reflection of you, but the result of my own inability to turn myself for the better. To Ashley, Cynthia, Regine & Sophia. I am so sorry. Please remember me for the good memories we have shared, and never for my downfall. I will see you all again on the other side. Brianna, I’m coming."
The paper said comments on Scott's final post indicated that friends of the flight attendant asked Denver authorities to do a welfare check.
A spokesperson for the Denver Police Department said an investigation is ongoing and that the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause of death, the Post said, citing the Los Angeles Blade.
The paper added that United reps said in response to a request for comment, “We are incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Kayleigh Scott and extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and co-workers."
Scott narrated the United commercial in question, saying in part: “I used to be so embarrassed about being trans, and all I wanted was to blend in and be cis[gender]. But times have changed, and I've started looking back at the bigger picture — and understanding I do have a story to tell. … This is a story that I know is so important for me to continue sharing. Not for me, but for those out there who are still fighting social norms, the boundaries set upon them, fighting themselves. Gay, lesbian, bi, trans, pan, whatever and whoever you identify as, come out, be counted.”
Scott in the ad credited United for transgender support: “My life changed for the better when I came to United as a flight attendant. With the support from the company, our business resource group for LGBTQ+ employees, and all of my loving co-workers. I was able to break free from the chains that held me, and to this day I’m living confidently as my true self.”
However, in a Dec. 31 Facebook post, Scott seemed discouraged: "2022 has been a year packed with upset and difficulty. I saw too much death & loss in my life, I came to realize I work a meaningless job for a company that doesn’t value me as an employee, I had my heart destroyed, I lost my nice little home and had to downsize significantly and start over. I’m really struggling to find happiness and hope. I’m begging 2023 to be better to me. Please."
Here's the United commercial featuring Scott:
United — Kayleigh's storyyoutu.be
This story has been updated.
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