Sunday, June 11, 2017

PDN - OPINION: Why are so many Guam males killing themselves?

The following was written in response to the Pacific Daily News' invitation for a submission for today's Sunday Forum topic: "How can Guam better ensure equality to people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity?"

By Tim Rohr

For the purpose of the following, a “male” is defined as a human being with an X and a Y sex chromosome and who “gender identifies” as a biological male.

The U.S. suicide rate, categorized by sex, is scandalously disproportionate. Among males, the rate is four times higher than females, according to the National Institute of Mental Health in 2014.  On Guam, the rate is six times higher, with males making up 87 percent of suicide victims, according to “A profile of suicide on Guam” in 2011. CONTINUED

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