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The Heartbreaking Truth About Suicide in the LGBTQIA+ Community

September 5, 2022



The LGBTQIA+ community is one of the most marginalized groups in the world. They experience higher levels of discrimination, violence, and social ostracism than almost any other group. It's no wonder, then, that the suicide rate among LGBTQIA+ individuals is alarmingly high. Studies have shown that LGBTQIA+ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight, cisgender peers.

This is a problem that we must collectively work to solve. If we can create a more inclusive, supportive world for LGBTQIA+ individuals, we can help reduce the suicide rate and save countless lives.

Why is the Suicide Rate So High?

Several factors contribute to the high suicide rate among LGBTQIA+ individuals. First and foremost among these is discrimination. Studies have shown that individuals who experience discrimination are more likely to suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. This is especially true for transgender individuals, who often face transphobia from family members, friends, strangers, and even healthcare providers.

In addition to discrimination, many LGBTQIA+ individuals suffer from isolation and loneliness. This is often due to a lack of support from family and friends. When people don't have anyone to turn to in times of trouble, they are more likely to turn to harmful coping mechanisms such as drugs and alcohol or self-harm.

Finally, many LGBTQIA+ individuals live in states or countries where their relationships are not legally recognized. This can lead to feelings of invisibility and worthlessness. When people feel like they don't matter or that their lives have no value, they are more likely to consider suicide as a way out.

How Can We Support?

If we want to reduce the suicide rate among LGBTQIA+ individuals, we must work to create a more inclusive world. We can do this by supporting legislation that protects queer people from discrimination, by volunteering with or donating to organizations that provide services for LGBTQIA+ youth, and by speaking out against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia whenever we see it happening.

No one should have to face discrimination, isolation, and exclusion simply because of who they are. We must do better for our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters if we want to reduce the alarming suicide rate in this community. We can start by creating a more inclusive world wherein queer people are protected from discrimination and afforded the same rights and privileges as everyone else. Together, we can make a difference.

Written By: 

Kollyn Conrad




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