A bullied 15-year-old transgender skater from West Bloomfield, Michigan has died by suicide.
Sam Taub took his life on 9 April, but his death was brought to national attention Wednesday (15 July) night in Caitlyn Jenner’s powerful speech at the ESPY Awards.
Taub, who was also known as Casper, skated under the number 57 and his teammates in the Darlings of Destruction Junior Derby League remember him as ‘a bright and shining star’ whose ‘sense of humor was fantastic.’
He is the ninth transgender teen to die by suicide this year.
Jenner spoke about transgender suicide in her emotional ESPYs speech and paid tribute to Taub and 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson – a transgender woman of color was found stabbed to death in a field in Mississippi.
‘I also want to tell you about Sam Taub, a 15-year-old transgender young man from Bloomfield, Michigan,’ Jenner said.
‘In early April, Sam took his own life. Now, Sam’s story haunts me in particular because his death came just a few days before ABC aired my interview with Diane Sawyer.
‘Every time something like this happens, people wonder, “Could it have been different, if spotlighting this issue with more attention could have changed the way things happen?” We’ll never know.’