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Transgender Teen Commits Suicide

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This is truly awful!

18-year-old Justin Lacey graduated from Buchanan High School in Clovis, California in 2009, and recently started living as Chloe, a transgender woman.

According to Chloe's family, she was accepted for who she was by the majority of her peers, but she committed suicide out of fear of being bullied.

Here's what Chloe's mother had to say about it:

"Who wants to see a young man walking down the street with a dress on? In his eyes, that was the worst fear of all time, for someone to throw rocks at him, beat him up. It's just the overall society judgment is what did this."

More from Chloe's stepdad:

"That's what we're creating as a society. We're creating this incredible cloud of fear for these individuals and they feel they have nowhere to go."

Days before her 19th birthday, Chloe shot and killed herself while away at school.

Chloe's story has become a source of inspiration for gay rallies all over the nation.

At Fresno State Sunday, United Student Pride began work on an on-campus event called "Be the Change, Out is In."

Here's what Fresno State student Dausha Calhoun had to say about it:

"We want all the incoming high school students and all the other community to know that there is somebody here to help them that's here on campus and to know they're not alone."

Our hearts go out to Chloe's family and friends out there!

We're glad to see students taking action as a result of this tragedy, and we encourage everybody out there to continue taking action towards making society a more welcome place for people with alternative lifestyles!

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68 comments to “Transgender Teen Commits Suicide”



  1. 1

    this is horrible! gosh, i really hope things turn around soon… i have a hard enough time just being queer, i cant imagine how difficult it must be to be transgendered. thoughts go out to the family and friends!



  2. 2

    seriously though, who wants to see a man walking down the street in a dress?? nobody, including "mom"
    *
    you didn't raise a strong, independent adult, don't blame that on society……



  3. 3

    Why is it that you ONLY mention the suicides that are committed by gay or transgender people? Kids have been bullied ,and committed suicide because of it, since the dawn of time. They get bullied for being considered fat, or ugly, or too brainy…..how come you never mention any of those? You say you want equality for all..but that isn't true. The only time you care about anything is if it affects gay people.



  4. 4

    Wait a minute. He killed himself out of FEAR of being bullied? Not by actual bullying? I would say he needed to grow a pair of balls but he would have had them cut off anyways. I'm sorry but this is all going a bit too far. I have no sympathy let for these people. Man up and fight back. Don't kill yourself like a coward.



  5. 5

    Seriously are you going to post every one of these? If you are all about equality then you should start posting EVERY suicide that takes place not just the LGBT ones!



  6. 6

    sad, but suicide is selfish..



  7. 7

    STOP! I CAN'T STAND THIS DISMAL NEGATIVE SPEWING EVERY DAY. FEEL SORRY FOR KID BUT DON'T WANT TO CONTINUALLY READ ABOUT GAY PEOPLE KILLING THEMSELVES EVERY FRICKEN DAY HERE PEREZ, THATS WHAT NANCY GRACE IS FOR……ITS SAD BUT YOU SHOVE IT DOWN OUR FUCKIN THROATS.



  8. 8

    horrible and devastating her poor parents i feel terrible that this is happening.



  9. 9

    I feel sorry for the kid and he may rest in peace but Perez you support transgenders and their right to surgically alter their appearance because that would make them happy and yet you call Heidi a frankenstein because she chose to surgically alter her appearence.
    You always say that Heidi's mother feels horrible and disrespected to see her daughter doing something like this to herself and yet you don't say anything about the mother of this kid who gave birth to a boy and suddenly she has to deal with the fact the he mutilated himself in order to be a girl.
    HYPOCRITE.



  10. 10

    I am so sick of hearing about these "gay" teens committing suicide…what about all the "non'gay" kids out there doing the same thing?? where's the "heartfelt" messages from all the "celebs" for them?? instead of only posting stories about "gay" teens committing suicide, why not just draw attention to the fact that there are kids out there, gay or straight, that feel there is no hope for them…you are so one-side with these stories it's quite sickening actually. FUCK YOU PEREZ and all your "ghost-writers" too!



  11. 11

    while it's a very sad thing that he committed suicide (whether or not he's gay/straight/bi/transgender, it's a sad sad thing to see a young person taking his/her own life), I find it ridiculous that he committed suicide out of FEAR of being bullied…I mean, most of his peers are supportive! It's ridiculous. I could just jump off the building right now out of FEAR of being bullied by my peers (whether related to my sexuality or not is not the question)! I could've jumped off my school building when I was mentally tortured by my peers back in primary 4, just because I *can* speak a different language (note: not I *can't* speak their language), did I do that? NO! This is not a matter of transgender/sexuality, but rather whether or not he has been taught by his family how to deal with the real world. Unfortunately in this case he wasn't prepared, and hence he took his own life. It's very sad indeed.



  12. 12

    God made him a man, maybe he should have acted like one. That goes for you too Perez! Act like a man!



  13. 13

    Anyone who is transgendered, can basically blame their parents. Their parents OBVIOUSLY didn't make them happy with who they are as a person from the outset.

    Transgendered is so fucking disgusting. You are a man. Not a woman (or vise versa). Act like it. The majority of all problems in our society starts AT HOME. Be a good parent. Pay attention to your fucking kids. If you don't, they'll end up transgendered, drug dealers, rapists, or just gay and thats worse than anything.



  14. 14

    Fear of bullying? Come on, I'm sorry this person felt the need to commit suicide but she obviously had other issues.



  15. 15

    ok this is getting ridiculous. fear of being bullied? the kid obviously needed to be treated for depression, a stable person wouldn't commit suicide in that situation. no one pushed him to the edge, he was sick. we're blaming suicides on bullying when half of the stories perez posts involve no bullying of the individuals. we need to be talking about why they're really committing suicide, bullying has nothing to do with it (w/the exception of the first few).



  16. 16

    Re: ParalyZzzZzer – Great point.I totally agree, he's such a hypocrite.



  17. 17

    By the way ,i heard many trangender people don't consider themselves "gay" ?? so why is this under "Gay Gay Gay"???



  18. 18

    I'm speachless. This is just so very sad. My prayers go out to her family. Incredibly tradgic.



  19. 19

    OK folks.. now we're pushing it. sHe wasn't bullied, but was scared he would be so sHe killed himself?



  20. 20

    I'm a little confused. This person killed themselves out of a fear or being bullied but had never actually been bullied? Can someone help me with this?



  21. 21

    sad



  22. 22

    post the comments fatty



  23. 23

    STFU!!!!! The BOY committed suicide because he is mentally ill, screwed up - NOT because he was bullied, for there is no accusation of bullying, just supposed fear of bullying.

    I'm so EFFING sick of this shiz, Perez and fellow cornholers!



  24. 24

    So……he wasn't bullied, he was AFRAID of being bullied…the dude had more problems than that……don't blame a single person for his death……he did it….he obviously had problems with himself…….bullying was not involved. He was not comfortable living the life he wanted to life. There are other places he could have moved, etc….but, no he shot himself, oh well. Selfish shitass, look what you did to your mother. All because you wanted to wear a dress. The selfishness and lack of respect these so called 'victims' show is sickening. fuck him.



  25. 25

    Yawn…..next!
    When are you going to commit suicide Mario?



  26. 26

    Re: BallinHater – EXACTLY. ABHORENT "PARENTING" and SEXUAL ABUSE is the cause of this transgender and homosexual deviancy. There are few "parents" left and this will only escalate. It IS pathetic and sad at the same time. :(



  27. 27

    Re: Turned40 – Yeah, it's called Perez hyping things up to suit HIS purposes. What a putrifying Thing he is.



  28. 28

    Perez I'm disappointed that you haven't publicly come out and stated that you're sorry for being so judgmental toward polygamists when you sit there and say things like, "making society a more welcome place for people with alternative lifestyles."

    It's so hypocritical of you and really disgusting. Maybe one day when a poly kid commits suicide and blames it on the shame you put on them, THEN you'll apologize for it.



  29. 29

    Wait! She was accepted for who she was by family and peers, but committed suicide out of fear of NOT being accepted? That doesn't make sense. Sounds like she/he had issues other than being bullied. That's like me committing suicide out of fear that I may get mugged or have a car accident. Not every suicide can be blamed on the intolerance of others. Some, whether the person is gay or not, are just based on bad judgement and irrational thinking.



  30. 30

    Re: kanga3 – Exactly. Mental illness is the cause of this. Period.



  31. 31

    bullying is out of control: attacks on gays, white on black, lots of black on white, etc etc

    trash culture = trash behavior



  32. 32

    Re: BallinHater – You should really do some research before you post such a idiotic comment. Parents have nothing to do with a child being transgender. Most transgender ppl show signs of this at a very early age. And seriously what parent would even want that? Angie and brads child actually shows a sign of this to imo. A young child will wnt to dress as the oppisite sex no matter how hard the parent tries to dissraude them. They may also play with toys that are ment for the oppisite sex and some children will say they are a boy when in fact they are a girl even when the ligistics is explained to them. And dont forget the children that are born with both sex organs causing the parent and doctor to decide what sex that child should be only to find out they made the wrong mistake. So dont generlize a group of ppl it makes you look stupid.



  33. 33

    Re: A Voice of Sanity – WOW you must be sooo smart because not even doctors can tell why tHis happens. And they have done lots of studies very sure not all of those children were sexualy abused



  34. 34

    That's like killing yourself before your nomination for the Oscar is revealed!



  35. 35

    woah woah wait. So Chole wasn't actully bullied, but killed herself anyway out of fear of being bullied? Don't blame this one on society you clown.



  36. 36

    Cowards! That's what anyone who commits suicide is…a coward! I have no sympathy for someone who kills himself over the "fear of being bullied". Coward!



  37. 37

    I think promoting this issue day in and day out is only helping to encourage others to follow suit. That way in hell, they can know that they went out with their "story" being publicized by the media. Cowards!

  38. chiro says – reply to this


    38

    Sounds like he needed serious help. Doesn't sound like this was cause by bullying. These parents need to trake responsibility and start getting help for these kids at a very young age.



  39. 39

    Glad to see you talking about this Perez. But the reality is… you're part of the problem. Every time you run a piece making jokes about trans women and calling them "trannies, trannies, trannies" and stupid remarks about how trashy they look, you are part of normalizing ridicule against them. I don't care how trans positive you think you are, you (and many other gay male media 'allies') need a serious attitude adjustment when it comes to the trans community.



  40. 40

    Who is determining that this was even a "fear of being bullied" ? The kid just graduated high school. That is quite the jump and yet the parents have made such a determination. Was she properly counseled ? Because people around her accepted the situation … there is more to this.



  41. 41

    and…committing suicide is the most selfish thing anyone can ever do, period.

    Typical that a gay person would be selfish…



  42. 42

    Seriously, what do you do? Scour the obituaries and go "hm, is this kid who killed himself gay? No? Crap. What about this guy? Not gay? Damn it. Next…"



  43. 43

    Re: A Voice of Sanity – you really think bad parenting makes people gay or trans? ha ha ha ha ha Maybe make you a pscho killer, but not gay, sorry.



  44. 44

    Sad that it happened but really….he/she was accepted by their friends/family and had no history of bullying but decided to kill themselves because they were afraid of the POSSIBILITY of being bullied??! Come on - clearly this kid had mental health issues. So now we're supposed to feel bad about people who stupidly and selfishly kill themselves because of stuff that hasn't even happened?!? Give me a break…people need to step up and take responsiblity for their own lives and stop blaming "society" for everything bad that happens. The kid was fucked up and now he's dead. Sad but overall incredibly stupid.



  45. 45

    I am SURE there is way more to the story then this. Unless he had hidden issues I simply cant believe he would kill himself just because he was scared of being bullied. Not that he had been bullied yet living in fear of it, enough fear he would kill himself?. Wherever this young man is now I hope he found peace. This is a damn shame for the people that do love him and the ones that would have loved him. Just too sad.

    And wow, his mothers comments. Just wow…I am not buying it…



  46. 46

    well geez if you are going to put a dress on and walk down the street you will get bullied..um DONT DOi IT..i dont believe in this crap of transgendered..using our medical fund….i understand gay…you are born that way….but guess what guy, you are born a boy deal with it …i am so sick of people acting like idiots then getting upset when people make fun of them…if i dress as a butterfly and float through the mall yes i will get bullied…use some common sense…if you are in a tough high school…keep it to yourself…when you turn 18 go someplace more accepting..its not that hard to fig out.



  47. 47

    Was this Gay I mean guy a Celeberity NO. Why is this story on a Celeb. gossip site. Enough with the Gay stories Perez stick to the gossip. Better yet make a GAY site like your fashion, pet, and fitness sites that way those of us who could care less about the GAYS don't have to waste our time blowing by them.



  48. 48

    Well that was kind of a meaningless death… horrible, but meaningless :/



  49. 49

    First suicide=selfishness!!
    Second, maybe the fact that you are putting suicide in the spot light is actually giving young teens who thought about it before the ammunition they need to follow through with it. I.E. this person metioned above he kills himself out of fear of being bullied but was never actually bullied??? Seriously??? He was accepted by all who loved him yet he still chose to take his own life…maybe he thought "if I do this my favorite celebrity will see me and I will be in the news!!" and sadly it's the truth posting these tragic stories gives courage to those who thought about it…they may think well this person did it so can I…so stop!! I had enough of reading about it…I don't want to see it anymore on your gossip site maybe you should creat another site dedicated to it so those who don't want to read about don't have to and those who do can go to that site…after all your so good at creating multiple sites!!



  50. 50

    Damn, this is where I live. The kid should have hung out with me…I like guys in drag and I'm sure I'd scare off any bullies.



  51. 51

    Alright..enough with this garbage belief that GLBT teens are all being "bullied into committing suicide"
    They committed suicide because they were unfortunately never taught that ALL life is precious and to be protected no matter the sacrifice/cost. Bullying is secondary to the REAL problem. The real problem is teens of ALL sexual orientation are killing themselves more frequently. Check the friggin CDC stats and you will see that in the past 2yrs, teens suicide rates have increased by more than 20%.
    People have devalued human life so much that they now believe they themselves not worth living. That is the REAL tragedy.



  52. 52

    Re: quorum – exactly, thats like saying im afraid i will drown so i will kill myself, there is more to this, the whole story isnt here, then again what else is new



  53. 53

    stupid. people that commit suicide deserve to be dead. for real. it's stupid and a sign of weakness. if you're not feeling well, seek help. they have different doctors for each problem you may be having, they have medication for depression, seek your friends and family. find support on those you love. if you kill yourself - gay or not - you deserve to be dead and i feel no sympathy what so ever. not only you have no respect for yourself, but also you have no respect for those around you.
    anytime i thought of suicide, i found help. because i knew it wasn't a normal thought. so i hope these "poor gay kids" rotten in hell for not loving themselves, their family members, their friends and the most important: life.
    we're all gonna die someday, no reason to speed the process.



  54. 54

    Christians are the most EVIL PEOPLE in the UNIVERSE (more evil that Satan)!



  55. 55

    Why only gay teens? Alot of teens die from suiside due to bullying!



  56. 56

    Re: pammyjo – he wasnt even bullied.



  57. 57

    Re: BallinHater – I hope you don't have children because I think you'll be the worst parent ever.



  58. 58

    I'm confused…she killed herself in fear of being bullied…but wasn't bullied? That makes no sense.



  59. 59

    Re: ParalyZzzZzer – YES! Awesome point



  60. 60

    this is awful! It really makes me sad. I can't believe we live in a society that is so judgmental. This needs to change!!



  61. 61

    Another deviant gone - excellent!



  62. 62

    Re: carolhellton
    You're obviously a narrow-minded Christian who has never felt so bad that you feel the only way to fix things is to end your life, and fyi "they have medication for depression"- a lot of anti-depressants actually INCREASE suicidal feelings and thoughts.



  63. 63

    Here is what I dont get.. so transgender (in this case) dress in woman's clothes because they want to be female. so they understand that the clothes are designated for women and thats the appeal, then why are they flustered when people dont accept when a man is wearing it? if dresses became acceptable unisex attire, then wouldnt that take away the reason why they wanted to wear the dress in the first place. it would no longer be an indication of a female.

    seems more like this person could not accept that he was NOT indeed a female, not that others couldn't accept it. trans-gender is a psychological oddity. it is not a shock that it can be joined with other psych issues.

    sucks when someone kills them-self just because they didnt feel comfortable, but that shouldnt be blamed on "bullies", or in this case the potential for future bullies.



  64. 64

    I can't believe this site uses gay suicides as a p.r stunt. There is no sudden increase in gay suicides, suicides in gay teenagers is high and always has been. It is fairly understandable as these people have added stress than others of being accepted. I appreciate that raising awareness could help teens understand that they are not alone, things do change. However, I find Perez's gay crusade on suicides hypocritical as he continually attempts to "out" others and to claim this to be a sudden flux of suicides smacks of nothing more than an agenda for more publicity, accolades and advertisements. For shame - Heterosexual female.



  65. 65

    Weak people kill themselves everyday. We get it already.



  66. 66

    This person committed suicide because somebody MIGHT bully him? You're right, enough is enough already.

  67. Hibo says – reply to this


    67

    WHAT THE HELL? i've never even HEARD this story and i GO to fresno state!!! what is this??? my school is obviously not shedding any light on this story. so sad.



  68. 68

    While this is terrible, it's also terrible that you only report about the gay/transgendered teens that commit suicide. THOUSANDS of other teens commit suicide, as well. That should be the real issue at hand, you shouldn't be singling out this one group, just because you, yourself are gay. Close to 15,000 teens in the US alone commit suicide each year, only a small percentage of that are gay/transgendered.