U.S: Transgender teenager takes his own life
A 17-year-old transgender boy from Pennsylvania has taken his own life by jumping in front of a train.
The teen, Riley Moscatel, who was a senior at Bucks County Technical High School in Bristol, had begun transitioning earlier in the year and was reportedly battling depression.
According to Moscatel's friend Carley Foss, body image was an ongoing struggle for the student. She told the Enquirer:
"He was super frustrated with his body, more and more frustrated every day."
Moscatel's parents, who still referred to Riley as 'she' expressed regret at the lack of communication between themselves and their son and urged other parents with transgender children to do things differently.
“The main thing for anyone that is going through what we’re going through is to talk as much as you can and try to dig under your child’s mask and get to their true feelings because we didn’t dig enough,” Riley's father Rich Moscatel, told the Trentonian. “She showed us what she wanted to show us.”
HIs mother Kristine said she and her husband tried to accept and understand Riley's transition.
“We were trying to accept and we never said, ‘No, you can’t be a boy’.”
Support is available for anyone who may be distressed by phoning Lifeline on 13 11 14. You can also visit www.lifeline.org.au