two trans suicides reported on the same day in north america
Rest in Power Ryley Courchene and Skylar Lee.
Last week, two suicides of trans people were reported on the very same day. On September 28, in Canada, 29-year-old beauty therapist Ryley Courchene reportedly took her own life. In America, 16-year-old activist Skylar Lee also ended his life. Their passing follows 16 trans suicides reported this year alone.
Skylar Marcus Lee was a radical, young, Korean-American, genderfluid, queer organizer from Madison, Wisconsin. He was sarcastic and brilliant and genuine and sweet and wanted to heal the entire world.
Of all Trans and gender-non conforming people in North America, 41 percent have attempted suicide. In the UK the situation is similar. Pace, a mental health charity for the LGBT community reported in November last year that 8% of trans people under 26 had attempted suicide, and 30% said they had done so in the past year, while 59% said they had at least considered doing so.