Caitlyn Jenner posted a new update on her website on Wednesday, July 29, mourning the recent deaths of two transgender women, India Clarke and K.C. Haggard, who were murdered last week.
"11 trans women have been killed in the United States in the past six months," Jenner, 65, wrote in her post, which included a photo of the late victims. "Most of them trans women of color."
The LGBTQ activist — who has been exploring topics related to the struggles of the transgender community on her new E! docuseries, I Am Cait — condemned the actions of the killers. "My condolences to those who loved India, K.C., and all of the other victims," the former Olympian reflected. "No one should be killed simply because they are transgender."
She concluded her post with a call to action. "Please learn more about the violence trans people face in this report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs here."
Jenner also tackled another sensitive topic affecting the transgender community this past week in a separate blog post, titled, "A Tremendous Problem Facing the Trans Community." The reality star studied the transgender suicide rate for youth, and found a startling high number of adolescents, ranging from ages 12 to 24, choosing to end their lives for various reasons.
"A recent study of nearly 100 transgender youth, ages 12 to 24, found that 51 percent reported thinking about suicide, while 30 percent had attempted it at least once in their lives," Jenner wrote. "The latest you might have heard about last night on my show — Kyler Prescott, a 14-year-old trans boy who not only dealt with trans issues, but also suffered from severe depression. Sadly, he wasn't able to make it between the combination of the two."
On I Am Cait's season premiere, Jenner met with the late teen's parents and friends to learn more about his life. Though Kyler was fully accepted by his mother, Katharine, it wasn't enough to save her son as he began his transition.
"She loved and supported her trans child in so many ways, including getting Kyler's name and gender marker legally changed," Jenner wrote, noting Kyler's transition from female to male. "Sadly, he died by suicide two months ago…. But this is the reality for far too many in the transgender community."
Jenner will continue to explore these topics on her blog and on her series. "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self," her biography reads on her website. "Welcome to the world, Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."
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