RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Tyra Sanchez has been put on blast over a series of tweets she posted about suicide.
The controversy began when the season two winner told a Twitter user who called her ‘annoying’ to ‘kill yourself.’
Girl kill yourself https://t.co/lEIl4XAiOV
— Tyra Sanchez (@iTyra) August 10, 2015
Her comment was met with a backlash from fans and fellow Drag Race alumni, many pointing out the high suicide rate among LGBTI youth.
But Sanchez refused to apologize and instead doubled down on her view of suicide.
‘I have no sympathy for people that commit suicide. They’re cowards. They give up & give in. Stop tweeting me about it,’ she wrote in a now deleted tweet.
‘If you want to kill yourself, go ahead it’s your life. Am I gonna be sympathetic for you & give pity? I think not. Too busy living MY life,’ she said in another.
A petition is now calling on RuPaul to revoke her crown and received hundreds of signatures in the first few hours since it launched.
‘We feel that Tyra Sanchez’s recent comments about suicide and mental illness warrants for a complete removal of her name and face from any RuPaul’s Drag Race events,’ it reads.
‘Her blatant disrespect for the victims and family members of people who have committed suicide is nothing short of disgusting and cruel.
‘Many people in the LGBT community, especially our youth, struggle with mental illness, self-harm, and suicide. The last thing they need is for a supposed “role model” to make them feel any worse than they already do.’
According to the Trevor Project, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24, and LGB youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide.
Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Sanchez revealed that she once attempted suicide but said she would not apologize for her opinion: