Transgender Day of Remembrance

“Transgender” is a word that much of society still shies away from, but today is Transgender Day of Rememberance and I’m going to use this opportunity to educate you about some little-known facts surrounding transgender youth. These are children just like yours, and they’re in trouble. They need our help.

1. Suicide is the NUMBER ONE cause of death for transgender youth. More than 80% of transgender kids think about killing themselves and around a third of them attempt it. This number is drastically reduced when they are accepted by their families and others around them.

2. 1 in 250 kids are transgender.

3. Transgender kids are not confused; the adults around them are confused and usually project it onto the children.

4. Transgender kids are not mentally disturbed and they are not suffering from a mental illness.

5. Transgender kids are just like every other kid on the planet: curious, hopeful, and worthy of love, support, and protection.

If you don’t know what “transgender” means – or even if you think you do – or you simply want more information, I encourage you to visit TransActive, where these facts come from. Educate yourself and those around you, and help to spread acceptance and understanding in your community. These kids need our help just like any other child being bullied by peers, adults, or society.

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Posted on November 20, 2010, in Cultural Connections and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Well said. Equality isn’t open to debate; it either includes us all or none of us. And while we’re at it, let’s celebrate difference for a change instead of merely talking about tolerance.

  2. My pleasure! I love that you’re posting some of the personal. For me, the inner world is as valid as your connections to the natural world. Keep up the great, thought-provoking work!

  3. the offering here , is good to do. It is time to let down our guard about differences and strive to understand, or allow these ways to think bigger. What in he past was different was condemned, burned, poisoned, and thought evil. We can also apply this to animals like coyotoe’s. Not a bad creature for sure, but one who like all of us has purpose and position, in a every evolving world. We need to grow ouselves out of the killing of wolves too, and condemning the children of this Mother Earth, they are suppose to me just as they are..

  4. Thanks for taking a stand in support of transgender kids, it’s great to see!

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