Survey: 41% of Transgender People Attempted Suicide


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Survey: 41% of Transgender People Attempted Suicide

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By Neal Broverman It's no surprise that young transgender people endure extensive discrimination, but the harsh effect on their mental well-being is starting to come into focus thanks to new studies. A survey conducted by the Endocrine Division at ...

It sickens me that LGBT people have it so tough. I think transgender people have it even tougher than gay and lesbian people. This is not to speak lightly of the discrimination against gay and lesbian or bisexual people. It's just my observation that we often suffer in silence, or alone with very limited support in our lives. There are plenty of gay and lesbian social groups, community centers, nightclubs, etc. Only in the past few years has the transgender community been invited into many of these places. Even now we often feel out of place and many of you can attest that gay and lesbian people often don't understand us either. So, it's no surprise that our suicide rates are very high. Things are getting better. If you ever feel the despair that can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions please reach out to someone for help. Transgender life isn't easy but it's getting better. ~ Lori

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I have only one thing to add to Lori's comment above... and that is, if you are not in immediate danger of doing something harmful to yourself, in addition to reaching out to someone for help or support, you should also check out the pinned thread "." If you aren't sure where to start looking for these types of resources, this list might serve to be a good start.

-Michael

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This is what I love to see people who really care, about the welfare of others.. :D . Thanks guys and gals :D ...

What a nice community we are a part of. ;) Ps I thought before I read this story that the suicide rate would much higher; although losing one person to suicide is to high of a rate. I would be very hurt to know that anybody would do this to themself. :( ..But I do understand; for I have been pushed to this point.

Peace Out my friends.

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It is a often over looked aspect of the LBGT communities , Yes There is a day of rememberance in November but so little is publisized about it , it goes by often unnoticed, and often times uncarred about . Though We Suffer in Silence It truelly Does not have to end by your own hands , there is support , there are people who care , and There are others feeling the same very things you feel , Don't Become a statistic , Reach out to any one who will listen , get the Psychologists number even if they dont have a clue about Trans issues They Are all to aware of the issues that lead up to suicide or attempted suicide , They often have an open door policy , walk into one and tell them your on the brink and need to get some help , they will find the answers you seek , if your in a location that has no Psychologist/Therapist then call or walk into a church , Just set down and talk with some one who can help you prevent this tragic epesode from taking place .

We all have had these thoughts , and have came out the other side battered and broosed , but we have came out alive .

Talk to anyone here that you find confort in talking to , talk if it means your thoughs will go away and gives you time to Seek a Trained Proffesionals Help .

Hugs

Stephani

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Actualy, I'm not suprised as to the findings of this study. Hey, we belittle one another with stupid arguments as to whom is better as in Crossdressers , Pre-ops Post ops and those that go on and off hormones for what ever reason . half of the gay people hate us as too many think we do this for sexual pupposes . I do't know where that argument arose from , only that I personaly have heard it from Gays . Of course the Religious Hiarchery hates us , hell they hate anything that's not them anyway. The advice I have to everyone here is to look to youreslves from with in . Build on you're strenths and talents . Pay no attention to the detractors and live you're life as YOU think it needs to be fulfilled . Living to fulfill another's life is a life HALF LIVED !

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And 100% have thought about it.

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"Survey: 41% of Transgender People Attempt Suicide," thread title

"And 100% have thought about it." -Hotlips

Considering I spent a good portion of 7th and 8th grade trying to figure out a fast, painless, and guaranteed way to off myself... I can't help but agree with Hotlips' comment.

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Indeed, I tried to hang myself several times at around age 10, because I could not deal with being a boy. It landed me in a TON of therapy and pills and 3 years in the childrens ward of a state mental hospital with people with REAL problems!

Sometimes I think I would have been better off, as I would have avoided 10+ years of torment and severe PTSD that still holds me back.

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I went through all this too. I've come to believe that we all owe it to ourselves to overcome the marginalization of modern society. We really are ok and society just needs to learn to accept us and maybe even some day appreciate our unique perspective on the world.

I sincerely hope that resource sites such as TGGuide (and the many others on the Internet) help transgender people of all types to realize that it is quite ok to be different from the norm. If we take a look at what the norm REALLY is then it isn't something to strive for anyway.

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This is a topic that needs to be dealt with within the community and outside the community. It can be tough being a teen. If someone is GLBT then it can be worse. Thankfully there are resources out there that can be accessed. I also believe that churches will need to address this because some blame religious institutions for much of the trouble with some things I hear from so called ministers of God. More people are coming out at younger ages.

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Yes it does as a member of City of Lakes Crossgender community took her life last January. She had tried before, trying to shoot herself in the head. She grazed her forehead and just a trip to the emergency room to stitch the wound. Also the Hennepin County Attorney charged her with unlawful discharge of a firearm. She was due in court shortly before she took her life. A friend said she was afraid she would go to prison. The thought of going to prison maybe added to her stress level?

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That's sad, Janet. And I can't help but believe that the thought of going to prison surely added into the mix. Another life gone all because no one seemed to care.

-Michael

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Count me in that number. Two weeks from today will be the 1 year anniversary of my last attempt. Every day is a struggle.

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Traci, I'm happy that you are still with us. Never give up.

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I cannot comprehend the misery a person must face to take their own life. All I can say is hang on, however difficult this might be, and wait. Kill yourself tomorrow, not today. Things may, and often do, get better. Also think of your loved ones. If you don't have any then get some. We can all adopt a little furry person. Having some little furry people at home dependent on you may make you think twice.

It works for me.

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"Kill yourself tomorrow, not today." -Hotlips

Can't say I've ever heard it put that way before. It sounds harsh...like, "go ahead and do it." But then, there's no good time to do so, because, it's always "today."

I second the furry children. And make it a dog. It is like having a child - only difference, you don't have to worry about them in school, and you don't have to worry about how you're gonna be able to send them to college.

A dog will love you no matter if you're male or female or anywhere in between, or neither. They greet you everytime like you've been gone for weeks. They'll kiss your tears away, and they snuggle close when you're down. They're brave when you aren't.

They'll listen to you while you pour your heart out. And they don't laugh at you, or ridicule you, or turn their backs on you. Well, not unless they're headed to get their favourite toy to bring back so the two of you can play. They know it'll make ya feel better.

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