Multiple news sites over the past week have been reporting on the tragic death of 14-year-old trans activist Kyler Prescott. Well known across the LGBT community in San Diego, Kyler was also an accomplished pianist and poet.
Despite acceptance from friends and family Kyler’s mother, Katherine Prescott, told 10News that her son had been the target of severe online bullying and harassment about his gender identity. For the past two years, Kyler had struggled immensely with depression, dysphoria, and self-harming. After the passing of several pets, Kyler reportedly locked himself in the bathroom of his family home on Monday, May 18 and was soon found dead of suicide.
Kyler’s death marks the 11th reported trans suicide this year amidst increased national dialogue on the lack of rights and protections, as well as harassment and violence that trans people face across North America.