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Bless her heart, she meant well.
That is to say, Lady Gaga's tweet in opposition to President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday that he plans to prohibit transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, which — while well intended — didn't exactly make a strong case:
Apparently Gaga was suggesting that a ban would lead to increased depression among the transgender community which, in turn, would lead to even more suicides.
Thing is, as Modern Day Roadbeer pointed out, Gaga's argument sounds more like it was written by someone in favor of the ban:
Sifty Sutton tried to walk Gaga through a very basic logic problem:
Andrew thought Gaga should stick to — ahem — music:
MarkusUSA reiterated Modern Day Roadbeer's concern:
Denise wanted to make sure Gaga got the memo:
SweetzonWheels thanked Gaga for making President Trump's point:
While Infidel seemed to suggest Gaga's argument blew up in her face:
To Gaga's inadvertent point, as reported by USA Today in 2015, transgender people face an extremely high suicide rate, as opposed to the general population.
USA Today reported that, based on a study by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the Williams Institute — based on results from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey — 41 percent of transgender people attempt suicide at some point in their lives, as compared to only 4.6 percent in the general population.
UPI reported in May of this year that, according to a recent study by Canadian researchers, the rate of suicidal acts among transgender adults is rising.
UPI quoted Dr. Robert Garofalo, a professor pediatrics and preventive medicine at Northwestern University:
“Suicidality and other forms of mental health distress are health disparities that increasingly are being documented and studied in the academic literature as disproportionately affecting transgender people and populations.”
The Williams Institute study found transgender adults were 14 times more likely consider suicide, and 22 times more likely to attempt suicide, than within the general population.
As for Lady Gaga, perhaps she's working on a better argument than her first attempt.
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