When my friend and Wipe Out Transphobia creator Emma Bailey asked me to write this article I was happy to do so. Fifteen years into the twenty-first century, some trans and gender non-conforming teens see no other option but to end their lives. According to The National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 44% of trans people surveyed in the 18 – 24 demographic have attempted suicide at least once in their lives.
High profile cases.
At the end of 2014 Leelah Alcorn’s death by suicide garnered international attention. Thousands of people took part in vigils in her memory Some months later fifteen-year-old Zander Mahaffey died in similar circumstances. Others may have gone unreported.