A 14-year-old boy has become the fourth transgender teen to die by suicide in San Diego County since March.
Emmett Castle took his life at his father’s Mission Valley home last Saturday (3 October), KGTVreported.
Emmett came out as transgender last summer and was quickly accepted by his parents.
However, misgendering by classmates hurt him and the physical changes of puberty were also frustrating for the boy.
‘A lot of people would misgender him as she and her. His father, Mike, had to pick him up from school because it upset him so much,’ said his mother Sarah.
Emmett had made several attempts to take his life and was diagnosed with severe depression several years prior.
‘There was sleeplessness and lethargy. He had trouble doing basic things like going to the grocery store,’ said Sarah.
But family members said there were no immediate warning signs of Emmett’s last suicide attempt – he had friends and was looking forward to getting his name legally changed later this month.
Sarah urged parents to love their transgender children and had this message for trans teens themselves:
‘I just want them to hold on. The transition is a process and it can be painful, but we love you. We love you.’
A GoFundMe page is raising money for funeral expenses.