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Friday, July 24, 2020

Under Reporting of Suicide Attempts in Gender Non-Conforming Individuals

 Under Reporting of Suicide Attempts in Gender Non-Conforming Individuals

Friday, July 24, 2020

2:15 pm ET / 1:15 pm CT / 11:15 am PT


Current systems and research largely ignore transgender, non-binary, and other gender non-conforming individuals. There is a dearth of information and data collected by the government about populations that are often under served or discriminated against, such as transgender and non-binary individuals. Once policy makers are armed with this data, they can make informed decisions about how to best address issues such as LGBTQ youth suicide. Collecting this data correctly has the potential to help save lives. Sadly, 2020 has already seen the murder of at least 22 transgender women of color and untold numbers of suicides. The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) aggregates data from a variety of local sources including death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, police reports, and crime labs, which is then used to inform policy and regulatory decisions aimed at responding to public health crises such as suicide and homicide at the local, federal, and state level. Unfortunately trans and non-binary data is rarely collected.

In this free, 60 minute webinar we will discuss:

  • what data on trans and non-binary people is collected
  • the gaps in data collection
  • how this data could inform policy decisions


Meet the Presenter:

Sam Brinton is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation from coast to coast to protect LGBTQ youth across the country. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent New York Times op-ed as well as The Washington Post, Playboy Magazine, and TIME Magazine. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a genderfluid person.