RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 winner, Tyra Sanchez, has the internet fuming after tweeting out several messages regarding her lack of sympathy for people who commit suicide, adding that if they are suicidal, they should go ahead and “kill yourself.”
The tweets from Saturday, Aug. 15, have since been deleted, but not before they were screen-captured and saved by Google’s cache:
A GailyGrind reader sent us a second deleted tweet, which reads: “If you want to kill yourself, go ahead it’s your life. Am I gonna be sympathetic for you & give pity? I think not. Too busy living MY life.”
Drag Queen Mimi Imfurst responded to Tyra’s tweets, saying: “Dear Tyra Sanchez- Depression is a very scary thing. Suicide is not something you make light of. Grow up. I hope you find your peace. -Mimi Imfurst”
We will leave you with these sobering facts about suicide provided by the Trevor Project’s suicide hotline:
LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.
Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.
LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.
Suicide attempts are nearly two times higher among Black and Hispanic youth than White youth.
Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. You can reach them by phone at 866-488-7386 or visit them online at thetrevorproject.org.
UPDATE: Tyra responded to the backlash on Tuesday with a lengthy Facebook post that reads, in part: “Dear everyone that has me fifty shades of fucked up, I will not apologize for my opinion. It’s my opinion and I’m entitled to it. I have no sympathy for people who take their own lives. I believe they are cowards that just gave in and gave up.” You can read the full message here.