THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Sadly, I have to report that Toronto trans leader Kyle Scanlon took his own life. There’s really no way to whitewash the news here. With suicide in the trans community being what it is, this is not unexpected nor will be the last time I’ll be writing about a high profile trans suicide.
Reporting suicide in the trans community is a double edged sword — nobody in the community wants to read about it, yet awareness of it is absolutely vital to reversing conditions. Most trans suicides already go unreported in trans media, never mind mainstream media, so when a high profile trans person takes his life, bringing it to everyone’s attention is the right thing to do.
Reports indicates Scanlon suffered long-term chronic depression. His friends described him as gifted and selfless. Scanlon worked on behalf of the trans community for 10 years at the 519 Church Street Community Centre.
Alaina Hardie, a freind of Scalon: “Kyle knew what needed to be done when it came to social justice, and he did it. . . .He didn’t seek accolades, and was happy to be either right on the front line or helping quietly in the background, with really no thought given to being recognised. He was selfless to an extent you rarely see. He just wanted to get the work done.”
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