The Tragic Link Between Transgender Teens and Suicide

By Kelsey Harkness Published on September 14, 2018

One in every two adolescents who are born female but identify as male has attempted suicide in the past year, according to a new study.

The study, “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior,” was published in Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

It raises serious questions about how families, schools, doctors, government, and the media should grapple with the increasing number of children and teens who self-identify as transgender.

In addition to the alarmingly high rate of suicide attempts among transgender boys, the study reported an attempted-suicide rate of over 40 percent for adolescents who identify as gender nonconforming (neither exclusively male or female) and nearly 30 percent for transgender girls (children and teens who were born male but identify as female).

 

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Researchers said they did not find any evidence that transgender youth of color were at a higher risk compared with white transgender adolescents. Higher levels of education among parents and geographical location—urban or rural—did not have a significant effect on suicide attempts.

To arrive at the results, three researchers from the University of Arizona analyzed a survey filled out by more than 120,000 young Americans between the ages of 11 and 19.

One in two biological girls who identify as boys tried to kill themselves in the past year. Two in five gender-nonconforming adolescents tried to kill themselves. And three in 10 biological boys who identify as girls tried to kill themselves.

By comparison, they found that 14 percent of all teenagers had attempted suicide at least once.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults ages 10 to 34 in the U.S.

The study’s leading author, Russell B. Toomey, focuses his work on youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or what they call queer — meaning that any attempts to discredit the research as “anti-LGBTQ” will likely fall flat.

Toomey describes his research in his bio:

Largely, my research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by sexual and gender diverse adolescents and Latinx youth, and the protective factors (e.g., family support, acceptance) that buffer these associations.

“Latinx” is a gender-neutral term that some use instead of Latino or Latina.

The new study comes on the heels of another alarming and controversial one examining the contagious nature of transgender ideology.

That study, published Tuesday in the journal PLOS One by Brown University’s Lisa Littman, looked at “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” — that is, gender dysphoria not present in early youth but that manifested within days or weeks in teens and young adults.

Littman found that exposure to peers who identified as transgender and transgender-positive content online may contribute to development of this rapid-onset gender dysphoria.

Within days, Brown University pulled down an article promoting Littman’s study. The university said it removed the article in order to conduct an academic review, but it’s clear the decision had more to do with political correctness and uncomfortable results.

Unlike “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior,” Littman’s study wasn’t peer-reviewed. Littman herself concluded that her study “raises questions for more research.”

“One of the main conclusions is that more research needs to be done,” she said.

The study by Toomey and fellow University of Arizona researchers Amy K. Syvertsen and Maura Shramko provides further evidence that research institutions should encourage more studies in this area — not shut them down. At this point, we don’t just know that lives are at stake — we know how many lives are at stake.

And those numbers deserve repeating: One in two biological girls who identify as boys tried to kill themselves in the past year. Two in five gender-nonconforming adolescents tried to kill themselves. And three in 10 biological boys who identify as girls tried to kill themselves.

In discussing these results, Toomey described an “urgent need to understand why transgender, female to male, and nonbinary adolescents report engaging in suicide behavior at higher levels than other adolescent transgender populations.”

He’s right. But that’s just the first of many questions this study begs to be answered.

There’s no excuse. You can’t be an ally of the transgender movement and reject this research. You can challenge it. You can debate it. You can encourage more of it. But you can’t suppress it.

Doing so is harmful to the cause you claim to defend.

Every day, more and more children and teens are identifying as transgender. That’s a fact that The Atlantic captured well:

In June 2016, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimated that 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender, a near-doubling of an estimate from about a decade earlier. As of 2017, according to the institute, about 150,000 teenagers ages 13 to 17 identified as trans. The number of young people seeking clinical services appears to be growing as well. A major clinic in the United Kingdom saw a more than 300 percent increase in new referrals over the past three years.

With more teens identifying as transgender, and attempted-suicide rates for this group between 30 and 51 percent, this has become a national epidemic. The time for political correctness has passed.

Families, schools, doctors, government, and the media have an obligation to figure out how to differentiate between celebrating differences and encouraging dangerous behavior. Because if being transgender poses such a grave risk to adolescent lives, it’s hard to understand why any sane society would embrace the trend.

 

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  • Trilemma

    Identifying as transgender does not make someone suicidal. But being rejected and persecuted by society, friends and family does. To the extent Christians participate in this rejection and persecution, Christians are part of the reason for the high suicide rate.

    • The shame of living a lie and being an unwitting member of the cult of baphomet does that.

      No, subversive, us pointing out the truth does not cause shame or devilry: doing the unnatural causes shame and misused free will causes devilry.

      • Trilemma

        There should be no shame in being transgender. If someone who is transgender feels shame, it’s because someone made them feel that way through abusive treatment.

        • Why, subversive? Because Natural Law doesn’t exist as you spout and imply regularly with your gnosticism?

          Their shame is from doing the unnatural. This will happen in a vacuum.

          • Jim

            No such thing as natural law.

          • Then what is nature based on?

          • Jim

            Biology

          • Biology is subject to nature. Try again.

          • Jim

            Nope.

    • Paul

      These people need psychological treatment not affirmation.

      • Trilemma

        They need both psychological treatment and affirmation.

        • Plainsrabbit

          That’s really stupid.
          They need REALITY.

          • Trilemma

            Christians need reality too.

          • They have it, that is why you think your subversiveness will destroy the Church so your “revolution” can happen.

          • Jim

            Would love to see the guys in dresses go away. They prey on third world countries

          • What does that even mean

          • Trilemma

            I’m not interested in destroying the Church. But the Church needs to accept the reality that some people truly are transgender.

          • That is your goal, as you know there is no way “revolution” can happen with the Church here. One cannot change Natural Law, nor are people mere “ghosts in machines” as your gnosticism commands

        • Paul

          When someone believes something false about themselves, you don’t tell them it is true.

          • Trilemma

            Suppose you’re on a transatlantic flight and Angela Ponce is seated next to you. What do you say her?

          • Paul

            Who?

          • Trilemma

            Miss Universe Spain 2018.

          • Paul

            Let me guess, a tranny?

          • Trilemma

            She’s a transgender woman.

          • Paul

            Well, to answer your question about the flight, I suspect I’d be as polite as I’ve been with anyone else I’ve flown next to, and pretty much stay to myself as usual. I’m not a therapist and if I were I wouldn’t be doing business on a flight.

          • Trilemma

            I think the behavior you described is quite appropriate. Some people might feel compelled to confront her. If, after you got off the plane, you saw her go into a women’s restroom, would you say anything?

          • Paul

            If my young daughter was in there you bet

          • Trilemma

            What would you do? Would you follow Angela into the women’s restroom and confront her or would you try to get security to do something? Even though you know for a fact that she is a transgender woman, everyone else would see a beautiful young woman.

          • It would be good to tell someone. People are afraid to speak out for fear of being beaten and killed by your kind, but all of us regularly reject your satanic agenda and await the glorious revolution that will restore sanity.

            Of course what the people you are straw manning here would see is a man with clearly male features in a dress specifically for the purposes of serving baphomet by mocking women as a whole via demonic caricature.

            That everyone would think you are crazy is a good thing. As it was said, there will be a time when everyone goes mad, and the world will look at the few remaining sane people left and say “you are not like us, you are mad.”

          • Trilemma

            You clearly have no idea what Angela Ponce looks like. It would be very abusive and dangerous for Angela to force her to use the men’s restroom.

          • Because it would get in the way of your “revolution?”

          • Jim Walker

            Who cares how she looks like, deep down inside, he is a male. And that you can never change with all the advancements in medicine, surgery, or science.

          • Trilemma

            I’m sure that Angela Ponce would say that deep down inside, she is a woman. Why should I believe you instead of her?

          • And she would be lying, subversive. One cannot change their soul or their dna or what they are.

            We are not “ghosts in the machine” as your gnosticism and knavery looking for “world revolution” demand.

          • Trilemma

            Angela Ponce has the soul of a woman. What makes you think she’s lying?

          • Again, your satanism become more obvious with each message. God does not make mistakes, and we are not a random ghost in a vessel.

            Our bodies and souls are made together and cannot function without the other one. you tried this same rhetoric when you were attempting to satanically gaslight me on the Church’s position on satanic blood sacrifice.

          • Jim Walker

            You don’t have to believe me, believe his DNA. Your belief system looks at the outward appearance and the feelings of the individual, so you got to accept a man who thinks and dress like a 6 year old, a dog, a tree or a vampire bat. No ? Oh you bigot.

          • Trilemma

            DNA does not determine everything about a person. If that were true, then identical twins would actually be identical. No human acts and thinks like a dog or a tree or a vampire bat. Angela Ponce knows herself better than you do. I still don’t have any good reason to believe you over Angela.

          • Jim Walker

            “No human acts and thinks like a dog, tree or vampire bat ?” Why not you bigot (not me saying but them) who are you to judge that they are normal ?

            “If that were true, then identical twins would actually be identical

            “. Yes they are but that doesn’t mean they speak the same words at the same time because they are not puppets.
            All mental illness of which you subscribe to as “born that way” are rubbish. Even those that came back to being straight, your LGBT community ostracize them like the plague. Such hypocrisy.

          • Trilemma

            If a human says they’re a dog or a tree or a vampire bat then they are lying because none of those three can speak.

            Identical twins are not identical. For example, they can have different drug allergies. Also, the latest research shows that identical twins can have different genes. Differences can also be caused by differences in gene expression. So no, DNA does not determine everything about a person.

            The medical community does not agree with your rubbish claim. Many people who believe they are gay or transgender aren’t truly gay or transgender. The LGBT community is wrong to ostracize them.

          • Jim Walker

            “The LGBT community is wrong to ostracize them.”
            So you do agree that there is an avenue and route to take to get them back to normal. Thanks,

          • Trilemma

            For some people, being transgender or homosexual is normal because that’s what they truly are.

          • By what standard, subversive? Their egos? Their “gnosis” that bends reality to their wishful thinking?

            What is natural about a man dressing up as a woman or confusing a digestive tract for a sexual organ?

          • Jim Walker

            You’re logic is going in circles.
            A pedophile also thinks it normal too and your LGBTQ community is trying to adopt them now.
            You see God put those OB markers for a reason. He did a great flood and rain brimstones on 2 cities to warn us not to go overboard.

          • Trilemma

            For some people, being a pedophile is normal. But I think it’s wrong to allow them access to children. So, they’ll have to be happy with adults that identify as children.

            What is an OB marker?

          • Jim Walker

            Out of Bounds – a golf term.

          • Jim Walker

            But your LGBTQ organization is helping them now to be recognized as “Born that way” go check it out if you didn’t know.
            Out Of Bounds Marker as in Golf.

          • Trilemma

            I don’t have an LGBTQ organization. I know there are activists trying to get people who are pedophiles recognized as born that way. People who are pedophiles probably are born that way. I know there are activists trying to get the age of consent lowered for the benefit of pedophiles. I am totally against that.

          • Oh, of course you would defend sodomy in all its forms.

            What gene makes people prey on children after they themselves were prayed upon?

            Also, are you saying that is your next subversive goal?

          • Trilemma

            I do not defend sodomy in all its forms. People are more complicated than a single gene. What do you think is my next goal?

          • No, only what knavery you feel will push “world revolution.”

            After you are done claiming pedophiles are “born that way” to push their evil into the mainstream, you want to legalize it.

          • Jim Walker

            Pedos are not born that way, just like LGBTQ, its a mental and preference issue. Thumbs up for you to stand with us to be totally against them.

          • DNA does determine if one is male or female, that is very fundamental. It also determines what you look like and your biology, as you claimed days ago that people “identified” as a race.

            The “medical community” you mention is a political body and therefore exists to push political narratives to impede actual medicine. 2 of the 45 goals of communism involve taking control of the psychological fields and using them as a tool to silence opposition, just like your kind did in the soviet union.

          • Of course you won’t believe anything to the contrary to the “confirmed ideas” you use to push “world revolution.” The fact that they think they are a woman proves they don’t know themselves at all.

          • Trilemma

            You need to make friends with someone who is transgender. They can help you overcome your misconceptions.

          • you tried that already, are you copying off a memo sheet?

          • Trilemma

            As long as you keep spouting the same ignorance, my advice to educate yourself remains.

          • No, you got bold, but when I called out your satanism and intentions you went back on script.

          • Certainly would be an opportunity for at least white martyrdom if someone had the courage.

            I know you would send your daughter and wife in right after him as a sacrifice to whom you serve.

          • Trilemma

            What do you think would happen to my wife and daughter if they used the same restroom with Angela Ponce?

          • I imagine you think you would get “satanic gifts” for such a sacrifice.

          • Trilemma

            But what do you think would happen to my wife and daughter if they used the same restroom with Angela Ponce?

          • Nothing good. The question is what do you want to happen.

          • Trilemma

            The reality is nothing bad would happen.

          • By your persecutive, no doubt. By the perspective of someone less “like you,” that is doubtful.

          • Trilemma

            From your perspective, what bad thing would happen?

          • What do you knock a known perverted man in a restroom full of women would do?

          • Trilemma

            I know nothing bad would happen. What bad thing do you think would happen?

          • Of course, not bad by your skewed definition.

            But what happens when a known perfect gets into a women’s restroom? Do you know what happens at target regularly?

          • Trilemma

            What exactly do you think Angela Ponce is going to do in the women’s restroom?

          • What do perverts do?

          • Jim Walker

            Its not the Angela Ponce we are worried about, its those perverts who take advantage of your stupid restroom rule.

          • Trilemma

            Which restroom should Angela Ponce be required by law to use?

          • Mens room, or better a third restroom for subversives,

          • Trilemma

            Do you think Angela Ponce would be safe using men’s restrooms?

          • The safety of subversives or their agents was not my concern.

          • Trilemma

            You’re not concerned about the safety of your fellow human beings? Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said as you have done it to the least of these you have done it to him.

          • I am concerned, that is why I want you subversives and your agents away from putting men in women’s bathrooms.

            As for your attempt at half-using Scripture to self-justify your satanism, that would be blasphemy but also ironic. you are the one advocating for a baphomet worshipper to have free reign over women in a vulnerable place.

            It is my concern for my fellow man and Love for humanity that makes me reject your satanic agenda. It is your hatred for man and God’s order that wants you to put known perverts where women cannot defend themselves.

            Are you paid to be here, or is this just a job given by your coven or lodge?

          • Trilemma

            Whatever you do to people who are transgender you do to Jesus. Whatever you don’t do for people who are transgender you don’t do for Jesus. That’s what the Bible teaches.

          • No, baphomet worshipers must be rejected. This satanism of yours gets more bold by the hour.

          • No, baphomet worshipers must be rejected. Please tell me where God said to support the devil’s agenda? What God did actually say about your kind is “get behind me satan,” and then to cast your dark master out.

            Also that like you like your master was a “liar and a murderer from the start.”

            This satanism of yours gets more bold by the hour. It seems out of all the topics you troll about here, this one is the one you are the most desperate to push as it represents your gnostcism perfectly and your desire to overthrow God’s will perfectly.

            If this fails for you, then all is lost for you. Be assured that you will lose this fight and far more.

          • Jim Walker

            Ask Obama. He screw-up this big time.

          • Trilemma

            Then you agree with Mr. Obama that Angela Ponce should be required by law to use the women’s restroom?

          • So now you want it to be required that perverts must be put into situations that tempt them to abuse others? That they be arrested should they not put themselves in a near occasion of sin?

            Absolutely satanic. How desperate was obama?

          • Trilemma

            If a law is passed that requires Angela Ponce to use the men’s restroom, it will have no effect on perverts who enter women’s restrooms. A law does not stop or reduce the number of perverts going into women’s restrooms. Such a law would put someone like Angela Ponce in danger of being violently attacked and even killed. This obviously would not bother you in the least. Such hate coming from people like you is part of the reason the suicide rate is so high among people who are transgender.

          • It will make it illegal to do so, which does reduce the number considerably as you now have the means to stop them.

            The only hatred would be that of satanists like yourself trying to encourage their error right into madness and damnation.

          • Jim Walker

            I will never agree with anything Obama did.

          • Trilemma

            Why did you tell me to ask Mr. Obama?

            Do you think a person who is a transgender woman such as Angela Ponce should use the women’s restroom or the men’s restroom? Do you think a person who is a transgender man such as Michael Hughes should use the women’s restroom or the men’s restroom?

          • Jim Walker

            I think they should seek help.

          • Trilemma

            Until then, which restroom should they use, the men’s or the women’s?

          • Jim Walker

            The individual Unisex ones, why can’t you think of this answer yourself.

          • Trilemma

            If an individual unisex restroom is not available, which restroom should they use, the men’s or the women’s?

          • The one corresponding to their natural sex, not the one they want to go in as a subversive act at the behest of satanists who think overthrowing God’s order will apotheosize them.

          • Trilemma

            Why are you so intent on putting people in danger? Why do you want to make it easier for perverts to go into the women’s restroom?

          • So your previous tactic failed and now you are into outright projection?

          • Seems you take your theology and views from him, I imagine.

            They should use the restroom that corresponds to what they really are, rather than what your coven wants them to use to subvert society.

          • Trilemma

            Then you agree that Angela Ponce should use the women’s restroom because that’s what she really is and Michael Hughes should use the men’s room because that’s what he really is. Good.

          • No. I do not humor or support the tricks of subversives or baphomet worshippers.

          • you mean he is dressed up like a woman.

            There is a reason Spain’s military is being taught about how to participate in exorcisms and how to spot possession. That whole country is infested, just as you like it to be for “revolution.”

            Have you ever considered how worthwhile your “revolution” is if you need to devote yourself to such demonic things?

    • tz1

      If I “identified” as the Emperor and demanded tribute of you, and you argued, and I threatened suicide would you feel the same way.

      Or if I identified as a billionaire and threatened suicide when you wouldn’t let me ride a private jet or buy a Ferrari.

      At least theoretically I can become wealthy.

      Transgender seems to be the latest psychofad. In earlier days it was God or Prophets, then Gay, now Transgender – people will try to convince you that your disconnect from reality is good. But what happens when diabetics identify as normal and don’t take their insulin?

      We have neither magic nor technology to change the biological gender, and only about 1 in 10,000 are even intersex where there MAY be some question.

      One aspect of Christianity is it deals with nature and reality as they are, a given. Transgenders are OBJECTIVELY one sex and at best can transition to a dysfunctional facade. It is kinder to compassionately deal with their confusion and get them to accept that they really are the sex they are. Affirming hallucinations, psychosis, etc. will fail because deep down even they know that reality cannot be changed. They hate reality, but that can’t be changed.

      • Trilemma

        People who are transgender are not threatening or committing suicide to try and manipulate other people like your two examples. They are committing suicide because of abusive treatment by other people including Christians.

        You said, “One aspect of Christianity is it deals with nature and reality as they are, a given.” I disagree by the fact that Christians can’t accept that some people really are naturally transgender or homosexual.

        • No, it is because of shame due to subversives like yourselves pushing them to deny nature.

          God made us male and female. We are not “ghosts in machines.”

          • Trilemma

            You need to make friends with someone who is transgender. They can help you overcome your misconceptions about transgenderism.

          • And what would precisely dealing with baphomet worshippers do? your only interest in them is as a political weapon to be discarded.

          • Trilemma

            What makes you think people who are transgender are all baphomet worshippers. Some of them are Christians.

          • That is what the demon represents, and they do it by action. satanic blurring of male and female features. Each form of sodomy has a demon that represents it.

    • Plainsrabbit

      Excuse me, but if Christians call a male a male, that does not make us bad people. It means we’re sane. I will not call a man a woman just because he “identifies” as one. Christians consider it a virtue to tell the truth. Maybe you don’t.

      And obviously you never had children, and I’m glad you did not. Children get lots of foolish ideas in their head. It’s an adult duty to ground them in the real world, not a fantasy world.

      • Trilemma

        Calling a male a male does not make Christians bad people. Treating people who are transgender abusively does make Christians bad people.

        • No, as there is no greater charity than to destroy error, subversive.

          • Trilemma

            It is not charity to destroy someone in the name of destroying error. It is not charity if your efforts to destroy what you think is error drives someone to commit suicide.

          • One is not their error, no matter how hard you tell them that they are their error in the name of civilizational subversion.

            Telling one the truth does not lead to shame, the shame is already there.
            What leads them to despair is your lies that if they “know” they are a “ghost in the machine” then they can trust reality also. Not the case, and their brokenness shows how futile your devilry is.

  • Paul

    I thought I’d seen that image before here stream(dot)org/yes-gay-activists-are-after-your-children/

  • Plainsrabbit

    Shame on parents who aid and abet a child’s delusions.

    God made you to play the role of adults, so do your duty.

  • Jess Paoli

    Because if being transgender poses such a grave risk to adolescent lives, it’s hard to understand why any sane society would embrace the trend.

    Did you seriously publish this statement? Have you been living in a cave? Have you researched anything in transgender youth? Who actually embraces this trend? We as parents of transgender youth seek to save our children from imminent death by supporting their gender status and thereby ensuring their validation as human beings worthy of living. Wake up America!

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