Trans Teen: Suicide Rates Rise When Bathroom Access Is Restricted

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By Samantha Allen
March 16, 2016

This Tuesday, Tennessee legislators listened to transgender teenager Henry Seaton testify that a bill restricting restroom access for students like him could cause the suicide rate to rise.

“When you don’t have a restroom to use, that really encourages those numbers to increase exponentially,” he said.

But the lawmakers either didn’t believe him or didn’t care. The bill, HB 2414, cleared the House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee with a unanimous vote. If it becomes law, Tennessee will become the first state to ban transgender students from using restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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