Thursday, October 6, 2016

Transphobia Kills

[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE, CHILD ABUSE, MISGENDERING]

Transphobia killed a 14-year-old child, already on suicide watch from intense anxiety and depression which was probably due to societal transphobia.

Trans teen kills himself after suicide watch hospital nurses kept calling him a girl

In the weeks before his death, the Southern California teen was admitted to Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, in the youth’s psychiatry unit for a 72 hour suicide hold. 
But when he was held there, hospital employees kept referring to Kyler as a girl ‘he went into a spiral’. 
‘He was frantic,’ his mother Katherine Prescott said. ‘They were making him worse. They were completely traumatizing him. 
This week Prescott has filed a civil lawsuit against the hospital in US District Court in Southern California, claiming medical personnel violated federal and state laws that protect against discrimination during Kyler’s stay.

I hope the people who did this to him can't sleep at night. For the rest of their lives. I hope they're fired and never allowed to work in any kind of healthcare ever again.

This is why protecting trans people is so important. That's why not misgendering trans people is so important. It can literally be deadly. This is also why people don't trust psychiatric hospitals and do everything they can to avoid being institutionalized. So many people don't come out of those places or come out worse.

RIP Kyler Prescott.

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