FEATURE: Why Seven out of Ten Transgender Taiwanese Consider Suicide

Two transgender people in Taiwan believe the high suicide rate in their community might be due to gender stereotypes and inequalities being more serious issues in the Chinese culture.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/07/12
By: Olivia Yang

Seven out of ten transgender people in Taiwan have thought about suicide or tried to

Photo Credit: AP / 達志影像

kill themselves — nearly twice the rate among the U.S. transgender community.

A 2014 survey conducted by the Intersex, Transgender and Transsexual People Care Association (ISTSCare) in Taiwan showed that 70 percent out of the more than 200 transgender respondents said they had attempted or thought about suicide.

“But I think the real number may be higher,” says Abby Wu (吳伊婷), co-founder of ISTSCare and long-time advocate for transgender people in Taiwan.

“If you or someone you know needs help, contact one of the many free hotlines available anywhere in the world.”


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