From the Transgender Law Center and the National Center for Transgender Equality. A letter on Suicide.

Posted: January 1, 2015 in for your reflection

Though this leaves a bit to be desired we publish it for some of the information it contains. ..furbirdsqueerly


On New Year’s Day, we’d prefer to be sending a different type of letter. However, this may be one of the most important messages we’ll author in 2015.

In recent weeks, there have been multiple and public reports of suicide attempts and deaths among transgender youth. It is clear that many people in our community – transgender people, their families, and other allies – are experiencing trauma in response. A lot of good folks are also looking for meaningful ways to strengthen and support our community and one another.
One immediate action you can take is sharing this link on your social media – it contains all of the following resources: Talking About Trans Suicide.

If you are a transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender questioning youth, please know you are not alone.

  • If you are contemplating suicide, immediately contact Trevor Project’s Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 (24 hours a day, seven days a week). To access instant chat or text supports visit: The Trevor Project
  • And, please remember that there are countless people who care about your well-being. For Trevor Project’s online community specifically for LGBTQ young people 13-24 (with over 110,000 members) visit: Trevor Space
  • Being a trans or gender non-conforming young person isn’t always easy. But it gets better and many of us live authentic lives happily and safely within communities of supportive friends and family. Among thousands of other videos from the It Gets Better campaign, this one features some of our community leaders – Andy Marra, Tiq Milan, Janet Mock, and Noah Ryan.
  • You can find more examples of resilient members of our community telling their stories at: Trans People Speak.

If you are a parent of a transgender or gender non-conforming child, you’re not alone either.

  • Parenting a gender expansive child may require some different tools and many parents need guidance. For those parents that are just beginning this journey we recommend: Supporting and Caring for Our Gender expansive Youth
  • We are inspired by the power of a parent’s love for their child. Meet Zoe and her mother and watch them tell their story.
  • The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBT children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families.
  • There is a rich collection of resources we recommend available to you via Gender Spectrum
  • For parents as well as youth who are looking for answers to frequently asked questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, visit the Trevor Support Center.

If you are a trans person or ally upset by these losses, you can help create a better future for our community:

  • This resource is helpful when discussing suicide with peers: Suicide Prevention
  • If engaging on the topic of suicide in social media, please read “Talking About Suicide and LGBT Populations.” These 3-4 pages will only take a few minutes of your time and the recommendations within can be incorporated into your thinking and writing. This important resource was published by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, created with the Movement Advancement Project and Trevor Project.
  •  Speak on the topics of suicide and mental health using the #reallivetransadult.
  •  For trans and gender non-conforming people, tell your stories of hope and resilience to provide encouragement to those who may be struggling.
  • For allies, a simple expression of appreciation, friendship, or love for a trans or gender non-conforming person close to you can be a powerful message.
To get involved, become more informed about how to speak about suicide and consider sharing on social media some of the resources we’ve provided:
Please join us by keeping trans and gender non-conforming youth in your thoughts today and into 2015.
Masen Davis, Executive Director
Transgender Law Center
Mara Keisling, Executive Director
National Center for Transgender Equality




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