January 30, 2014 | by Staff reports
Many factors at work in high trans suicide rates
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41 percent of people who are trans or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide.

LOS ANGELES — A new study released Tuesday explores in more depth the reasons behind disproportionately high suicide rates for transgender people, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In a study three years ago, it was found that 41 percent of people who are trans or gender-nonconforming have attempted suicide, nearly nine times the national average. Researchers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law dug deeper into those findings from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.

Among the findings:

• Among those who had become homeless because of their gender identity, 69 percent said they had attempted suicide.

• 64 percent of those turned away by doctors had attempted suicide.

• Nearly two-thirds of respondents who had been the victims of domestic violence at the hands of a family member had attempted suicide.

• Those who were out as trans or said others could usually tell they were trans were more likely to have attempted suicide than those who could usually “pass.”

• Even transgender people at comparatively “low” risk were still much more likely to have attempted suicide than the general population, they wrote, with “lows” often ranging from 30-40 percent. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people who had gotten graduate degrees, for instance, had a lifetime risk of attempting suicide of 31 percent — lower than less-educated transgender people, but still high, the Times reports.

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