A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.
Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.
The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.
‘I’ve lost friends – tons of friends – and it’s been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down’ she said in a video posted in November.
Alesena was mercilessly cyber-bullied and called names in school, where she said she always wore headphones ‘because of all the shit I’m going to get.’
The North County LGBTQ Resource Center, where Alesana received support, mourned her death its latest newsletter.
‘This past week we lost another dear young friend Taylor Alesana,’ it read.
‘Taylor had many friends here at the center but the support she received was not enough to counter the very difficult time she had at Fallbrook High School.
‘As a transgender teen she was constantly picked upon, bullied and attacked by her peers. With few adults to turn to, and with no support from her school, her life became too difficult. Taylor was a beautiful and courageous girl, and all she wanted was acceptance.’
The center urged schools to teach inclusiveness and acceptance and celebrate diversity in order to prevent more suicides.
‘Stop imposing gender roles that create false expectations and disappointments, while undermining the gender creativity of our kids and compromising their self-esteem,’ it said.
Watch her video below: