Concepción fought for the representation of transgender women of color both in front of and behind the camera, according to friends and colleagues. She was a California native and a Yale graduate. Netflix said in a statement that she was uniquely gifted, and it is grieving her loss.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of Camila Concepción,” the Gentefied team said in a statement to Variety. “She was hired as our writers’ assistant on ‘Gentefied,’ but quickly made her way into our hearts as a sister, writer and friend. She co-wrote episode 109 ‘Protest Tacos,’ and we were so blown away by her amazing talent and unique voice. She was definitely a force to be reckoned with and we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our brightest stars.”
Marvin Lemus, co-creator of Gentefied, which premiered on Netflix on Feb. 21, expressed his grief in an Instagram post, claiming that the Gentefied crew would make every minute count in her memory.
“Late last night the Gentefied family learned that we lost one of the brightest souls, not only on this show, but that I’ve ever met in my life,” Lemus wrote. “Mija, I hope you’re at peace now. I’ll get over my anger. I’m not ready yet. Maybe it’s just my way of holding onto just a bit of the flame that made you so incredibly bright.”
I’ve been trying to avoid writing this post all day. Late last night the Gentefied family learned that we lost one of the brightest souls, not only on this show, but that I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve been trying my hardest to numb the hurt by focusing on the show and all the love coming in, waiting to get a phone call to let me know this was a sick joke. Camila, Im so mad at you right now. I’m so fucking pissed because I kept waiting to hear back about that coffee. I was excited to see what crazy outfit you were going to wear to the premiere. I’m mad that I don’t get to hear you ramble on and on about what you thought of your first episode of television. What I’m sure would be mostly talking about how fucking great you are. And you would be absolutely right. When Linda and I met you, we knew you were the most special, raw talent we’d ever fucking met. We knew you were going to be huge. You were going to be bigger than just our writer’s assistant. I’m so fucking mad at you because I’m one of your million adoring fans and I was going to make it my personal mission to make sure the fucking world knew your name. I was so excited thinking about being in the room again with you and being annoyed at how many fucking pictures you would ask me to take of you because you knew my conceited ass also wanted to get the best shot that made you look amazing. Mija, I knew just an inkling of the pain you were feeling and the hurt you had gone through. You inspired me every day with your perseverance and your ability to shorten very fucking word to fit into your schedule. Mija, I hope you’re at peace now. I’ll get over my anger. I’m not ready yet. Maybe it’s just my way of holding onto just a bit of the flame that made you so incredibly bright. The past 24 hours were supposed to be for all of us. Pero te lo juro que we’ll make every minute from now on count in your honor. Siempre. Rest in Power. Rest In Peace. Te amo. Your big brother, Marvinganoosh.
Jill Soloway, the creator of Amazon’s Transparent, also memorialized the writer on Instagram.
“She was a brilliant writer, amazing activist, and hilarious friend,” Soloway wrote in a post. “Camila had so much more to give to this world… we are fortunate to have experienced her light. Rest in power.”
We are all shattered to learn of the passing of one of our most powerful compatriots, Camila Maria Concepción. Camila helped us shape our programs at 5050by2020 and always elevated the experiences of transgender women of color. She was a brilliant writer, amazing activist, and hilarious friend. Camila had so much more to give to this world… we are fortunate to have experienced her light. Rest in power. Please view the @remezcla link in my bio to learn more about Camila’s powerful life. We are working on creating a memorial fund in Camila’s name and will share those details soon. Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla.
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