Transgender Suicide Report: Actual
by Laura Amato
For the last five years Laura's Playground has prevented Transgender suicides on line. The estimate of transgender suicides in our community is between 31% to 50% depending on who in the community we talk to. Few outside our Community acknowledge or believe these numbers including Dr Kenneth Zucker and Doctors Blanchard and Baily. Until now it's all been guesswork. Actual numbers were hard to come by as it is hard enough for families to admit there was a suicide let alone that the victims were transgendered. The fact is most medical examiners do not know if a person was gay or transgender due to families too embarrassed to report it. Here we have 5 suicide prevention crisis rooms in chat that are all busy. Our staff both moderators and supervisors are certified in youth suicide prevention. The fact is we have actual numbers not just an estimate. In a 5 year period here this site handled 78,800 suicidal crises online. They were of 3 types. Type 3 being suicide ideation, type 2 being suicide ideation with a plan and Type 1 being actual suicide attempts.
In addition in a survey here over 50% of Transsexuals had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday some as young as 7. This was also verified by chat transcripts of the crisis's especially in the early years.
Reasons given for suicide in order:
- Problems coming out to homophobic friends, families and co-workers. Homophobia in general including slurs.
- Body Image Distress or disgust - puberty
- Discrimination - Housing - Employment - Churches
- Victims of Hate crimes and/or violence
These numbers are actual and reflect what is really going on in the community. Many had more than 1 reason combining 1 and 2 and others. The biggest surprise was the role homophobia played in suicide ideation. If homophobia stopped tommorrow the suicide rate would be significantly reduced which means it is preventable.
There is no question that Transgender suicide rates are real. Even without these numbers we know the reality as the spectere of suicide picks us of one by one. Transgender people are no strangers to death. Instead of following the WPATH Standards of Care many die from thrombosis from unsupervised illegal hormone use. Some die from injections at "Silicone pumping parties". All this is done to become their "True Selves".
When the Veteran's suicide rate went up 2% people rushed to fix the issue. When the teen suicide rates go up people are outraged and concerned. The transgender suicide rate is laughed at even by some who care for us. The fact is that our suicide rate as well as our estimated numbers 1-3 million are grossly underestimated. Why are people not outraged? It is likely that even the 50% high number is far too low. We are confident in our numbers and invite other high volume Transgender sites to try suicide prevention themselves. Their numbers will be very simlar to ours. To those that suggest that there is no transgender suicide problem we urge you to talk to our chat staff who deals with this every single day. They are the true heroes of our community. The horror stories they can tell you just can't be made up.
The answer to our survival is in our early care and treatment. If you feel you are Transgender see a Gender Therapist as soon as possible. It is the best way to ensure that you won't become a suicide crisis statistic here. We bring this to public attention because we want the rate lowered. Certainly i look forward to the day our crisis rooms are empty. If people don't believe the seriousness of the matter though unfortunately that's not going to happen.
Note: Some have questioned the numbers above. The breakdown per day is 49 total of all types including 6 actual attempts per day. This is not excessive for a 24/7 suicide prevention operation. Compare this to: the "Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, says calls to suicide crisis centers have increased sharply in the past year — with more than 57,000 calls in July alone." This does not include our figures.