Transgender teen kills self in California after bullying, group says

April 11, 2015 05:48
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SAN DIEGO - A transgender teenager from Southern California committed suicide after going online to complain about being bullied at her high school, the head of a gay and lesbian group said on Friday.

The death of 16-year-old Taylor Alesana in Fallbrook, a community 45 miles (72 km) north of San Diego, has raised concerns about the situations transgender teenagers can encounter at school.

Alesana, in a series of videos posted on YouTube, described her gender identity and the bullying she said she experienced from other Fallbrook High School students.

The teenager was found dead at her family's home on April 2, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Investigators determined the death was not a homicide, and they turned the case over to the county Medical Examiner's Office which has not released the official cause of death.

Max Disposti, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, said his group heard from the family that Alesana died by suicide. The center held a memorial service for Alesana on Thursday.

"A lot of kids came from Fallbrook High School and told us the climate there is terrible for people who are different," he said in a phone interview.

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