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Transgender teen from Fallbrook dies in apparent suicide

FALLBROOK, California -- A transgender Fallbrook teen who was reportedly having problems with bullying has died in an apparent suicide, reports 10 News.

The 16-year old was identified as Taylor Alesana.

The teen's death happened on April 3 according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Thursday night at 6 pm at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside.

News of Alesana's death came as a particular shock to the local community, as many are still in mourning over the suicide death of another North County youth known as Sage-David.

In their most recent newsletter, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center posted the following.

Dear friends,
Just few weeks ago, our community mourned Sage-David, a dear young boy with whom we were very close. He left us hoping to create more awareness about our trans* youth and the struggle they endure every day, even when their families and environment are supportive.

This past week we lost another dear young friend Taylor Alesana.

Taylor had many friends here at the Center but the support she received was not enough to counter the very difficult time she had at Fallbrook High School. As a transgender teen she was constantly picked upon, bullied and attack by her peers. With few adults to turn to, and with no support from her school, her life became too difficult. Taylor was a beautiful and courageous girl, and all she wanted was acceptance.

Our trans* youth are the primary target of bullying, and the desperation that it causes is literally killing their hope for a better tomorrow. Kids can be cruel, but hate is a learned behavior. Schools that are not visibly supportive of our LGBTQI youth and do not take active steps to educate about gender identity and sexual orientation are inevitably fostering the homophobes and transphobes of tomorrow.

Please, let's make sure that our most recent losses are not in vain. We can do much better than this. Sage David and Taylor Alesana, we love you, and you will be missed forever.

The entire community is invited to Thursday night's vigil, which will begin at 6 pm at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, located at 510 N. Coast Highway in Oceanside.

Additional information is HERE.

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How to find help if you feel suicidal

-- The Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386

-- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

-- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: save.org

-- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org

-- Every county operates immediate mental health crisis response services. For information, contact your local county human services agency.