Marvin Hodges Presents: Suicide Thorough A Black Gay Man's Eyes

Marvin Hodges from Richmond, VA performs a poem about almost committing suicide at the Philly Pigeon. 

To accompany the video we decide to include some facts and statistics about suicide in the LGBT community.  If you're having thoughts about suicide please seek help.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

The rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for LGB youth and 2 times greater for questioning youth than that of straight youth.

Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.

In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.

LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.

1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.

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