A 16-year-old transgender boy from Wisconsin died by suicide on Monday (28 September) after losing his battle with depression.
According to his obituary, Skylar Lee was a junior at Madison West High School as well as an active member of the city’s gay-straight alliance, LGBTI theatre group and an advanced ballroom dancer.
‘He loved the world and the people inside it, trying to fix it every day of his life,’ it reads.
Lee scheduled a Tumblr post at 6am on the morning of his death, which said he did not take his life because he was transgender and nor did want to be turned into a ‘sob story.’
‘I am a depressed teen like many others. However, what I am not, is a sob story,’ he wrote.
‘Don’t turn my name into a hash tag. Don’t treat this like glory suicide-fest. I am not killing myself because I am trans and queer.
‘However what I do know, is that when trans and queer kids complete suicide, that there is a chain reaction. This is only heightened by the media portrayal of us being sob stories. I am not a sob story, do not turn me into one.’
According to the Planet Transgender blog, Lee is 17th reported transgender person to have died by suicide this year.