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The Toll of Transgendered Suicide

Bradley Manning is but one of thousands who seek a way out.

Nate Jackson · Jul. 13, 2016

Just last week, we noted the unfortunate number of veterans who take their own lives. But veterans aren’t the only people disproportionately represented in this terrible statistic. Transgendered people are far more likely to commit (or at least attempt) suicide than any other demographic. A recent example: Bradley Manning, the transgendered soldier who now calls himself “Chelsea” after winning a lawsuit against the Army last year to beginning hormone therapy on the taxpayers’ dime, attempted suicide in his Fort Leavenworth prison cell, where he is serving a 35-year sentence for, er, mishandling classified information. Manning made the attempt just days after Barack Obama lifted the ban on transgendered service members.

Using feminine pronouns to describe him, Anne Hendershott, director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, writes, “In her suicide attempt, Manning joins the more than 41 percent of those identifying as ‘transgender’ or gender nonconforming who have attempted suicide, compared with 4.6 percent of the overall U.S. population who report a lifetime suicide attempt. It is also higher than the 10-20 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults who report ever attempting suicide.”

The reason is simple, profound and anathema to the Left’s agenda: People were created in God’s image, male and female. Gender-disorientation pathology is one manifestation of the fact we’re all marred and broken by sin. People suffering from gender dysphoria have deep issues that are difficult to sort out, but we live in a post-sexual revolution culture that tells them they ought to celebrate and flaunt what’s actually very wrong. Thus, many are left seeing no way out. They need help, not a month-long “pride” fest.

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