Caitlyn Jenner addressed trans suicide rates in her latest blog post, where she mostly focuses on Kyler Prescott, a 14-year-old transgender boy who committed suicide earlier this summer (and who I Am Cait viewers will recognize from the show’s premiere).
“A recent study of nearly 100 transgender youth, ages 12 to 24, found that 51 percent reported thinking about suicide,” Jenner wrote, “while 30 percent had attempted it at least once in their lives.” She went on to write that “this is the reality for far too many in the transgender community.
“And it’s not because trans people are somehow inherently unstable — it’s because we live in a world that makes it very, very difficult to be trans,” Jenner said.
She then handed the post over to Kyler’s mother, Katharine, who recalls how Kyler “had a lot of friends” but had to deal with disrespect from adults who would do things like refuse to call him by his preferred pronoun. “Even something as simple as using the pronoun that the trans kid asks you to use is so important and can make such a big difference in that kid’s life,” Katharine wrote.
She acknowledged that not all parents are as supportive as she was, but advises them to “get on board with what their kid is telling them. … There are a lot of kids out there who are not receiving support and that’s a real tragedy,” she said. “That’s something that we have to change — and we have to change it now.”
Read Jenner and Katharine’s full post here.