Debunking A Trans Suicide Myth

I’m making this blog basically to be used to easily show to people who believe or push a common myth associated with trans suicide.


Let’s look at the common myth of the 41% suicide rate that doesn’t go down after transition.


Let’s allow for some context to this. A William’s Institute study shows the suicide rates of individuals who identify as transgender. When looking at the data, it shows that people questioned tend to have a lower suicide rate if they don’t want to medically transition or haven’t yet, but have a slightly higher suicide rate if they’ve gone through more medical transition procedures and therapy. This is often used to say “see! Transition doesn’t work, it only makes them more suicidal!” However, this overlooks some very important information.


Before I explain, let me talk about the general trans-community explanation for medical care.


The basic idea is that transsexual people experience gender dysphoria, which can make them suicidal. In order to make them less suicidal, they are given medical transition treatment– usually just hormones, but it may also extend to surgeries (such as facial feminization surgery, tracheal shave, body hair removal, and even sex reassignment surgery) to help make their body fit more with the gender they identify as.


Now, everyone can experience dysphoria differently. For some people, their dysphoria can be somewhat tame, so they only feel they need hormones to cope with it. For others, it can be so extreme that they get every surgery available. Some trans people might not even get hormones, perhaps because they cannot afford them or for other reasons (for example, if you’re a trans man, you might think that the benefits of testosterone would only be someting like getting facial hair, but there is the fact that most men shave their face all the time anyway). The point is, no two experiences are quite the same, so it’s obvious that everyone should do exactly what works for them in their particular situation.


So, it must be clear that this study shows that this is all a lie– the suicide rates of trans people actually DOESN’T decrease with transition, right?




You see, the study is about lifetime suicide attempts of transsexual individuals. Notice something there?


Lifetime suicide attempts. Not successful suicide attempts– deaths from suicide– but lifetime suicide attempts. And it doesn’t differentiate suicide attempts before and after transition. This means the data actually makes sense with the trans explanation for medical care! If someone’s dysphoria is more extreme, then they may be more suicidal, so they may require more help to medically transition. Worse dysphoria correlates to higher suicideality, and treatment for worse dysphoria is more treatment to medically transition.


The study doesn’t look at trans people who actually died from committing suicide. The study does not look at the suicide attempts AFTER the individuals transitioned compared to BEFORE they transitioned. It’s likely that if they had done so, then the results would show that transsexual individuals were much, much less likely to attempt suicide after receiving medical treatment and therapy.


And there you go. Feel free to link this to anyone you see who’s still talking about this, hopefully you can show them the truth of the matter.


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