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

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

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. […]

3 Trans Women of Colour Reported Murdered in 24 Hour Period

3 Trans Women of Colour Reported Murdered in 24 Hour Period

Normally when we lose a trans person I try to write an article about them, I try to give each of them some time in the spotlight of what I’m writing.  I share their name, I spread the story of how they died.  This time though it’s a little different. On Saturday morning I did […]

15-Year-Old Cameron Langrell Found Dead of Suicide Mere Days After Coming Out as Trans

15-Year-Old Cameron Langrell Found Dead of Suicide Mere Days After Coming Out as Trans

The Advocate, as well as other news sites, are reporting that just days after coming out on Facebook as transgender, 15-year old Cameron Langrell of Racine, Wisconsin was found dead of suicide on May 1, 2015. Cameron’s mother, Jamie Olender, explained to The Journal Times that Cameron had “always bullied for being feminine.” Despite this […]

From Debbie Fox to Rachel Byrk: The Importance of Mainstream Media Reporting on Trans Suicides

From Debbie Fox to Rachel Byrk: The Importance of Mainstream Media Reporting on Trans Suicides

Lexie Cannes’ article “Recent spate of transgender suicides: An actual increase or more awareness?” really got me thinking about how problematic tracking suicide is. Lexie is right, mainstream media is extremely selective in regards to which suicides are deemed to be newsworthy enough. I feel that this is especially true of trans suicides and the […]

Transgender Games Developer Rachel Bryk Commits Suicide

Transgender Games Developer Rachel Bryk Commits Suicide

In tragic news that has been breaking over the last few days it has been reported that games developer and transgender woman Rachel Bryk has committed suicide following online bullying. 23 year old Rachel Bryk, who is best known for her work on a software project called Dolphin, as well as some prominent work on […]

Darlings of Destruction Junior Derby League mourns the suicide of trans skater Sam Taub

Darlings of Destruction Junior Derby League mourns the suicide of trans skater Sam Taub

Twitter is resounding with #doitfor57 as league members nationwide vow to wear turquoise at matches this wekend in memory of Sam Taub. If not for the author of Derby Frontier we’d never have known that Sam was a transgender youth. We are grateful for the author who wrote: “Today, I was absolutely devastated to learn […]

16 year old Transgender teen Taylor Alesana takes her life

16 year old Transgender teen Taylor Alesana takes her life

Family members confirmed the 16-year-old took her own life, but details surrounding the suicide are not being revealed according to 10 News. Bullied, picked on, excluded from friends circles she jumped to her death. Max Disposit, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside posted this April 3rd. “This afternoon, the family […]

Transgender Teenager Zander Mahaffey Commits Suicide

Transgender Teenager Zander Mahaffey Commits Suicide

Fifteen year old Zander Mahaffey committed suicide on Sunday the 15th of February, leaving a suicide none of the social network Tumblr. Zander, who was from Austell, Georgia, posted a suicide note online that stated his mother as one of the main reasons for his suicide.  In a angry and gut wrenching final message Zander […]

Making Leelah’s Death Mean Something

Making Leelah’s Death Mean Something

In a heartbreaking and emotional suicide note teenager Leelah Alcorn pleads with the world to make sure that other transgender teens never have to go through the hell that drove her to take her own life. Aged just seventeen, Leelah was a victim of insidious abuse and hatred based solely on the fact that she […]

Leelah Alcorn’s suicide: Why reparative therapy is deadly.

Leelah Alcorn’s suicide: Why reparative therapy is deadly.

 Leelah Alcorn found no acceptance, only denial from her parents and after time her depression overwhelmed her. Tragically she took her life by walking in front of a semi, a death undeniable, posting this to her tumblr blog “My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to christian therapists, (who […]