A 15-year-old trans boy has committed suicide.
Zander Mahaffey, from Austell, Georgia, took his life on Sunday (15 February), announcing his death with a heartbreaking suicide note published on Tumblr.
In it, he blamed his disabled mother calling her an ‘abusive piece of shit’. He also claimed he had been raped when he was younger.
‘I’m sorry I wasn’t strong enough, that I gave up,’ Mahaffey said. ‘But I just couldn’t, I couldn’t take it anymore.’
He shared memories of his family, his friends, and said goodbye to many of them in turn.
A funeral took place yesterday (18 February), under Mahaffey’s dead name. His family asked that donations be made to the Susan G Komen breast cancer charity.
Mahaffey’s story is similar to Leelah Alcorn, the 17-year-old trans girl who killed herself by walking into incoming traffic in December 2014. She also left a suicide note on Tumblr, calling for her death to ‘mean something’. It attracted huge international attention.
Like Alcorn, people are paying tribute to Mahaffey by using the hashtag #HisNameWasZander. A blog has been launched in his memory.
Mahaffey concluded the letter: ‘Time will go on, hopefully no one will be too bothered from me for too long. Just continue as you normally would be, that is what I want.
‘I’m selfish, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry that I only think about myself in this situation. I know there’s going to be people hurt and devastated by this. And I’m so, so, sorry about that. I don’t know what else to say. I’m just so tired, I’m so tired and I just want to go to sleep.
‘XOXO Goodbye to everyone, Zander Nicholas Mahaffey’