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Study: Almost 80 Percent Of Transgender People Have Considered Suicide

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals are becoming more visible in society.

According to a new study, 78 percent of transgender people have considered suicide.   Of them, 40 percent have actually attempted suicide at least once.

The study also found that 44 percent have engaged in some form of self-harm.

More than 150 transgender people participated in the study that was conducted by the Transgender Equality Network in Ireland. It is the first study to be completed on mental health in the Irish transgender community.

Researchers were able to confirm the findings of larger international studies on the mental health of transgender people.

Transgender people have a gender identity that does not match the sex they were born with. They are not legally recognized in Ireland and are not allowed to have their Irish birth certificate reissued with their preferred gender.

However, researchers were able to determine the reasons for self-harming and suicidal emotions.  It is extreme distress associated with discontent with one’s gender, family rejection, stigma, harassment, and uncertainty around the question of transitioning to their preferred gender.

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