#Theirnameswere (By Robyn – Young Person)October 16th, 2015 by Admin
Here we have a list of trans youth who have sadly, tragically committed suicide in the last 3 months. This horrible pattern of teens leaving their last words recorded on social media sites like Facebook, Tumblr and others is becoming far too familiar, far too fast. This pattern is scaring me, I am reading about cases similar to Leelah’s worryingly often now.
Leelah Alcorn, for anyone unaware was the first of these recent cases. After years of bullying from peers at her school, parents and faith based councillors she set up a timed post on the popular blogging site Tumblr that was posted after she walked into oncoming traffic on the 28th of December 2014. This case, due to Leelah’s suicide note being public and going viral online got everyone talking about trans* issues, which as she wanted her death to mean something was a good thing. Her tragic case was inspiring good, healthy conversation and support around a community desperately in need of help and understanding from outside the LGBT community.
However I fear there is a negative side to this positive attention to come from Leelah’s death. This is that teens who are struggling with depression, gender dysphoria, abuse from peers or even adults around them are being given a reason to die but not one to live. I fear with these cases continuing we are focusing too much on tragic trans cases and not enough on positive examples. We need stories like Janet Mock’s, Laverne Cox’s, Paris Lee’s and more to show and inspire these young trans* people that life is worth living.
These people need examples to help them find a reason to live instead of showing them reasons to die.
If anyone reading this is dealing with depression and/or suicidal thoughts then you can find support from the sources below:
Samaritans: (UK) 08457 90 90 90 (ROI) 01850 60 90 90
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (US) 1-800-273-8255
Local Services to Brighton: