Thursday, November 20, 2014

What’s Not Talked About?

Today we remember all the trans-people who have been murdered throughout the year but what we don’t talk about are all those who committed suicide or tried to commit suicide.
48% of young trans people attempt suicide, 30% in the last year
'While society’s attitudes towards transgender people are changing, it is still not fast enough and the negative impacts on trans people’s mental health every day are huge.'
20 November 2014
BY Joe Morgan

Nearly half of young trans people have said they have attempted suicide, with 30% saying they have done so in the past year.

As the world pays tribute on Transgender Day of Remembrance, UK's LGBTI mental health charity Pace has revealed new research that shows how difficult it can be growing up trans.

They found young trans people were eight times more likely to attempt suicide. 48% of trans people said they have attempted it compared to 6% of the general 16-24 population.
It is hard to track those who commit suicide, the news usually do not report suicides because we don’t know the reason why they did it.

It hard when you don’t fit the norms. It doesn’t matter how you are different, whether it is your height, weight, color of your skin, sexual orientation, or gender identity when you are outside of the bell curve society punishes you. Even with all the anti-bullying laws, the non-discrimination laws, and all the GSAs (Gay Straight Alliance) there is still so much stigma and societal pressures that many trans-people just can’t bear the pressure. We all need to work together to help those on the margins, we need to work to change society, we need to make everyone welcome.

The Trevor Project: Suicide Hotline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386

The Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Hotlines USA: 1-800-784-2433 & 1-800-273-8255
Deaf Hotline: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services Hotline: English 1-888-999-5545 & Español 1-888-568-8332

1 comment:

Billie said...

The list of murdered male to female transvestites is very long and quite sad.