two trans suicides reported on the same day in north america

Rest in Power Ryley Courchene and Skylar Lee.

by i-D Staff
05 October 2015, 11:30pm

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.

Foster Noone, a fellow community organiser, wrote a touching eulogy to Skylar, their friend. 

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 Australia, the situation is similar. As Beyond Blue have it, "LGBTI people have the highest rates of suicidality of any population in Australia," with more than 50% of Trans people attempting suicide at least once in their lives.  

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