I did not know Kyle Scanlon…except in the way that one recognizes one of one’s own. Scanlon was a transgender activist in Toronto, “a valued leader, gifted mentor, and much-loved friend.” He was education, training and research coordinator at 519 Church Street Community Center, co-founder of Toronto’s Trans PULSE project, a member of the AIDS Bureau, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care‘s Gay/Bi/Queer/Trans Men’s Working Group, and co-investigator on a new study focused on the sexual health needs of transmen who have sex with men. He previously worked for Sherbourne Health Centre, the FTM Safer Shelter Project and the Youth Migration Project.
Kyle took his own life on July 3.
[D]epression, hopelessness and suicide are very real issues for trans people and Kyle’s death has and will continue to hit the community very hard; take care of yourself and each other at this time and if you are feeling distraught please call a friend, go to your emergency department, or call a distress line.