L.A. County to Begin Tracking LGBTQ Suicides

LGBTQ hate crimes and suicides will get more scrutiny from L.A. County officials. The Board of Supervisors has ordered L.A.’s coroner to begin tracking deaths involving LGBTQ individuals, City News Service reports. The goal is to glean more data about hate crimes and suicides affecting members of the LGBTQ community.

The motion was sponsored by Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl. It cited a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showing LGBTQ youth are three times as likely to contemplate suicide.

“The number of LGBTQ youth who try to take their own life or are the victim of a hate crime is unimaginable—The Trevor Project points out that 39% of LGBTQ youth have considered suicide,” Barger wrote in a Facebook post. “Without the right data, there's no way to identify disparities in mortality rates of this community. Thank you to Supervisor Sheila Kuehl for partnering with me in this effort.” 


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