The fact of the matter is, if these policies become the law of the land, they would only work to increase the kind of social isolation and stigma that contributes to suicide risk.
Sadly, Alabama is not alone. More than 75 anti-transgender bills are being considered across a majority of states, in an effort seemingly designed to exclude transgender people from every facet of public life.
The Trevor Project, which aims to end suicide among LGBTQ youth, constantly hears from transgender and nonbinary youth in crisis, who emphasize the harms of discrimination and rejection. Over the last year, Trevor’s crisis counselors have supported over 2,300 crisis contacts in Alabama. As troubling as that is, that’s less than 9% of the number of Alabama’s LGBTQ youth who we estimate to be in crisis and could benefit from our services.