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Q: suicide rates in the transgender / transsexual community ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: suicide rates in the transgender / transsexual community
Category: Relationships and Society > Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual
Asked by: perryparis-ga
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Posted: 07 Jun 2005 16:08 PDT
Expires: 07 Jul 2005 16:08 PDT
Question ID: 530575
what percent of transgender / transsexuals commit suicide ?

would be good if this was broken down by age groups

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 10 Jun 2005 21:29 PDT
I found one reference to the heightened risk:

Post Mortem Study - The Shaffer et al.(1995) study: Sexual Orientation
in Adolescents who Commit Suicide
Therefore, noticeably effeminate males are most likely gay, or they
may be (mostly heterosexual) transvestites or transsexuals who form a
very small percentage of the male population. That 4 out of the 95
male suicide victims were effeminate suggests that these male are at
much higher risk for suicide than other males. Shaffer et al.(1995)
were nonetheless silent about this, even if it was noted that not one
of the males in the control group was rated to be "abnormally
effeminate" using the same scale used to define victims to have been

There might be something of interest here:

Suicide Attempt Research Data: + Thirty G(L)B Samples

5% of female-to-male transsexuals and 21% of male to female
transsexuals have made a suicide attempt.
-- Source: The Great Divide (How Females & Males Really Differ) by
Daniel Evan Weiss, drawn from data originally appearing in Archives of
Sexual Behavior, December 1988 issue.

This is all I could find quickly, so I thought I'd pass it along...


Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 12 Jun 2005 01:55 PDT
This has all the info you need EXCEPT the most important. 
Fascinating, nevertheless:


I found that here:

American Association of Suicidology
5221 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: (202) 237-2280
Fax: (202) 237-2282

Perhaps they can help point you in the right direction...

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