ALBERTA, Canada — Almost 65 percent of transgender youth in Alberta between the ages of 19-25 have considered suicide at some point in their lives, CBC News, an Edmonton outlet, reports.
More than 90 percent of trans youth in Alberta between 14-18 years old don’t seek help for mental health issues because they’re scared their parents will find out. And almost 40 percent of trans youth in the Prairie provinces have been physically forced to have sex, CBC News reports.
Those are some of the most alarming statistics revealed in a national survey of transgender youth released on Wednesday.
The survey of more than 900 young people, titled the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey, included a special regional report on Alberta, CBC News reports.
The report fills a significant “data gap” that has sometimes prevented action on trans youth mental health, said Kris Wells, the lead Alberta researcher and director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta.
“People who resist LGBT issues, they keep saying, ‘Show us the evidence in Alberta,’ Wells said. “Now the evidence is here, it’s compelling. And we need our leaders, our policy-makers, our legislators to take action to address these alarming statistics … because they’re not going to change on their own,” CBC News reports.
The detailed survey was conducted online and included more than 100 respondents from Alberta. The survey defined transgender as “when a person’s sex and gender do not match.”
The youth were asked questions about everything from their home lives, to their school lives, to their mental and sexual health, CBC News reports.