More than half of transgender male adolescents attempt suicide, study says

The Washington Post 
by Isaac Stanley-Becker
September 14, 2018

 

She picked up the phone and repeated these words, which had grown familiar, like the refrain of a song she never wanted to sing: “We’re listening. We hear you. We’ve gone through similar things.”

The person on the other end of the line, she said, “had typically just come out to themselves and really wanted to talk to someone.” Isolation in that moment, said Greta Gustava Martela, can be dire.

She would know. Martela, a transgender woman, has been hospitalized five times for “suicidality,” a term that encompasses suicidal ideation, planning, gestures, attempts and completed suicide. The first time was in 1995, said Martela, who is now 49.

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