A topic that has always interested me is the LGBTQA+ community and all the issues they go through, and affiliated with. I’m a member of the LGBTQA+ and a lot of my friends are. I’ve witnessed some of it’s troubles, even been a part of them. It’s hard to see, and can be hurtful. One issue right now is transgenders in the military. Trump doesn’t want them in the military. He tweeted that transgenders are no longer allowed in the military. The supreme court ruled against this, but he’s still pressing for it. There are also those who use arguments about transgender suicides to keep them out. Well, I have some statistics on all of this.
“I would just probably say that I believe any individual who meets the physical and mental standards, and is worldwide deployable and is currently serving should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve,” This was said by General Joseph Dunford, and I can’t agree more. You can not decided a person’s mental state just because they identify a certain way. Yes, transgender suicides are high. Do want to know what else is in the division of high suicide rates? Our military suicides in general, adults between the ages 45-64 years of age, white males, men in general, people over 20, American Indians, and it comes with area. Also, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Are we going to start banning all these people who are included in the divisions high rates of suicide? Also, did you know the military has required mental health screenings? Maybe we should look at helping mental health before we go after people because they’re in a demographic that’s suicidal. We should also learn how to help the individuals. Let’s do some transgender suicide statistics why don’t we?
Transgenders with strong support are 82% less likely to commit suicide. Transgenders who have only had a highschool education or less are 49% more likely to kill themselves. Transgender people in states without LGBT legal protections are at high risk of suicide. Transgenders who are physically or sexually abused are at higher risk of suicide. Studies show that if a transgender person is treated like a cisgender person, and not different, their risk of suicide is just like the general population. Those whose parents reject their gender identity are 13 times more likely to commit suicide than those with support. This is the same for being rejected by friends. Suicide is not just biologically wired in a transgender person! A lot of this is external things causing harm.
Sources:https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brynn-tannehill/the-truth-about-transgend_b_8564834.html https://afsp.org/about-suicide/suicide-statistics/ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/transgender-us-military-donald-trump-ban-james-mattis-a7914746.html https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/26/transgender-troops-should-be-allowed-serve-dunford-says.html
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