14-Year-Old Emmett Castle is 19th Reported Trans Death By Suicide This Year

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Multiple news sites are reporting the tragic death of 14-year-old Emmett Castle as San Diego’s 4th trans death by suicide for 2015. Earlier this year, during the spring months, saw the deaths of a gender nonconforming youth named Sage David, a 16-year-old transgender girl named Taylor Alesana, and a 14-year-old transgender boy named Kyler Prescott.

Emmett’s family have since spoken to a few reporters about their son’s long struggles with severe depression, and prior suicide attempts.

His mother, Sarah, told KGTV San Diego that Emmett was often misgendered at school so badly that he would call his parents to come pick him up from school. According to Seventeen.com, some of this misgendering specifically came from classmates who would intentionally refer to Emmett as “she” and “her”, knowing full and well how much it upset him.

[For more on how hurtful and disrespectful misgendering is, check out this great article from Dane Edidi: “Pronouns Matter: Misgendering Transgender Persons“]

Emmett’s aunt, alongside a close family friend, have since set up the Emmett Castle Memorial Fund, where they hope to raise enough money to cover funeral costs and donate all remaining funds to the San Diego LGBTQ Community Centre.

My sincere condolences to the Castle family, as well as all of those who knew and loved Emmett.

From my own efforts at watching news sites, and keeping an eye out on social media platforms, as well as blogs, I have learned of the reported deaths by suicide of 19 people so far this year.  They are:

 

 

If there are absolutely any names missing from this list, of if you can confirm any incomplete information above, PLEASE contact me at any time via email at nillinnow@gmail.com.

To speak with counselors who have experience in dealing with a wide range of transgender issues, please contact the Trans Lifeline at (877) 565-8860, in the U.S., or (877) 330-6366, in Canada. 

Nillin Dennison

Nillin is the owner and operator of Derby Frontier, a blog focused on the culture, community, and gender politics of flat track roller derby; which recently won 2nd Place in the LGBT category and 3rd Place in the Sports & Recreation category of the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards.
Outside of blogging, Nillin is passionately involved with trans activism across southern Saskatchewan, Canada. They are currently residing in Moose Jaw where they serve as Gender Diversity Representative on the board of directors for Moose Jaw Pride, chairperson of the Moose Jaw Trans Awareness Committee, and they regularly provide gender and sexual diversity presentations to the community.

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One Response to 14-Year-Old Emmett Castle is 19th Reported Trans Death By Suicide This Year

  1. eric showalter October 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Sage was 14, and a very close friend of mine.