Trans suicide rate nearly 9 times higher than national average, report shows

Posted on 20 Feb 2014 at 7:23am
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41 percent of people who are trans or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide.

LOS ANGELES — A new study released Tuesday explores in more depth the reasons behind disproportionately high suicide rates for transgender people, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Among the findings:

• Among those who had become homeless because of their gender identity, 69 percent said they had attempted suicide.

• 64 percent of those turned away by doctors had attempted suicide.

• Nearly two-thirds of respondents who had been the victims of domestic violence at the hands of a family member had attempted suicide.

• Those who were out as trans or said others could usually tell they were trans were more likely to have attempted suicide than those who could usually “pass.”

• Even transgender people at comparatively “low” risk were still much more likely to have attempted suicide than the general population, they wrote, with “lows” often ranging from 30-40 percent. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people who had gotten graduate degrees, for instance, had a lifetime risk of attempting suicide of 31 percent — lower than less-educated transgender people, but still high, the Times reports.

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