Majority of Male Transgender Youth Attempt Suicide, Research Shows

Transgender adolescents are more likely to try to commit suicide than youth who identify with the gender identity that matches their chromosomes.

In September, a study was published in Pediatrics that studied the suicide rate in young people. Researchers analyzed data collected from over 120,000 adolescents, aged 11 to 19. Of those individuals less than 1% identified as transgender.

Fifty-one percent of transgender male youth reported that they had tried to kill themselves at least once, 42% of nonbinary young people reported suicide attempts, and 30% of transgender female adolescents said they had attempted suicide. Of all the study participants about 14% said they had attempted suicide.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the number one cause of death amongst adolescents is accidents and suicide is the second leading cause.

“For every transgender group, it’s orders of magnitude too high,” transgender activist Greta Gustava Martela said to the Washington Post. “And there’s nothing shocking about it. If you look at the things that cause people to be suicidal, whether it’s social rejection or homelessness, they all affect trans people more.”