In just the first few months of this year, we’ve already had 6 recorded suicides of transgender youth. The latest death, Blake Brockington, spirited away at the tender age of 18, from all accounts a hopeful teenager, made the solemn decision to take his own life. Never having the privilege of meeting Brockington and reticent to interject personal speculation into a topic so somb...
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Again, I don’t know exactly what Brockington deemed, or any other transgender victim of suicide, sufficient enough to arrive at that fateful decision, but it doesn’t require an inordinate amount of empathy to see how without a paradigmatic shift, the failings of our system will always provide for the same result. In the words of William Shakespeare, “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?”
Every transgender person knows that visibility heightens their chances of being targeted, but the reason choose visibility over darkness is because, in the words of Brockington, we, “want other trans youth to understand they not alone and that this is a large community.” Mourn all lost before their time, but keep their memory alive and visible when choosing what side of history on which you’ll be counted.
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