More support is needed to prevent transgender suicides, according to a Nottingham campaigner.
“45% of young trans people in this country…have attempted suicide. Not thought about it. Attempted it”
paris Lees, Journalist
It comes after the Transgender Day of Remembrance in the city, to showed respect to all transgender people who had lost their lives through violence.
This year the names of suicide victims were read out for the first time, as well as the names of victims of hate crimes.
Sam Kaner, one of the organisers, said: “We wanted to do an event that situates trans-phobia in the broader context.”
Mental health is seen as a huge issue within the transgender community. In 2014, the Williams Institute and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention published research that showed that 46% of trans men and 42% of trans women had attempted suicide.
Paris Lees, a Journalist and Transgender activist, featured on BBC TV’s Question Time. She said: “Forty-five per cent of young trans people in this country have attempted suicide. Not thought about it. Attempted it.”
She called for more mental health support.
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) March 22, 2018
Sam Kaner is calling for more to be done by police and media through training in how they deal with transgender issues.