September 7, 2022
Every day, nearly six hundred thousand Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQIA+). And every day, these individuals face discrimination and violence simply because of who they are. This harassment and mistreatment can take a toll on one's mental health—which is why it's no surprise that members of the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide than their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts.
In fact, according to research conducted by The Trevor Project— an organization dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBTQIA+ youth—nearly half of all trans people have attempted suicide at least once in their lifetime. For queer youth under the age of 25, that number jumps to 62%.
These statistics are alarming, to say the least. But they're also a call to action. It's time for us to come together and support our LGBTQIA+ brothers and sisters—before it's too late.
The Trevor Project's research paint a stark picture of the challenges faced by members of the LGBTQIA+ community. But these statistics don't just represent cold, hard data—they represent real people with real lives. Each one of these numbers represents a son or daughter, a friend or neighbor, who felt so alone and misunderstood that death seemed like the only way out.
Suicide doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care about your age, your race, your gender identity, your sexual orientation, or anything else that makes you unique. But we do. We care about you and we want you to know that you're not alone. If you're feeling lost or helpless or like there's nowhere to turn, please reach out for help. The Trevor Project is always here for you—no matter what.
If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ community—or if you know someone who is—it's important to be aware of the dangers of suicide. Many organizations, like ours, offer resources and support for anyone who may be struggling. Please reach out if you need help. You are not alone.