Transgender Americans face high suicide riskNew survey paints a portrait of trans people's lives in the U.S.
There are many reasons this number is so high. It can be one thing or a combination of many things that push someone who is transgender to end their life.
Some of these might contribute to this
Inability to afford Gender Reassignment Surgery
Being ridiculed for being transgender
Being bullied for being transgender
Bombarded by negative news involving transgender persons
Intentional disrespect of proper pronouns and name usage
Being demonized by religious groups
Being homeless due to no legal protections
Being fired and unemployable due to legal discrimination
Constant fear of trans-panic attacks
Fear of trying to have intimate relationships
Rejected by family
These are just some of the things that transgender people are subjected to. I am sure there are many more.
I believe it is important to address as many of these issues as possible to minimize the negative impact on transgender humans. One aspect I am currently working on is confronting news agencies and bloggers on usage of offensive and demeaning articles and coverage on these issues. Using incorrect pronouns, using inappropriate headlines to add shock value, using transphobic verbiage can cause severe anguish to transgender people and also influences the entire community that it is okay to degrade and humiliate transgender people.
I have started a blog to deal with this issue. I have had two successes in having offensive content removed. I need help with this if anyone can pitch in.