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Tumblr Users Honor The Memory Of Transgender Teen Who committed Suicide

Zander Mahaffey scheduled his suicide note to be published via his Tumblr account. Now users are creating posts with #hisnamewaszander to honor his memory.

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The note read: "I am a boy, even if the [world] doesn’t see me as one. But I know in my heart I am a boy. I’m 15 years old, I love the internet, I’m an anime weeb, I love video games too."

In his writing he discussed problems with his mother, experiences with sexual assault, and emotional bullying. The note concludes, "I know there's going to be people hurt and devastated by this. And I'm so, so, sorry about that. I don't know what else to say. I'm just so tired, I'm so tired and I just want to go to sleep."

Tumblr users are also reblogging posts from Zander's original Tumblr blog on which he stated: "My name's zander. I'm trans and here to win."

The hashtag has been used over 8,000 times on Twitter as well:

If u aren't prepared to accept your child unconditionally, you don't deserve that child #HisNameWasZander

røbin@metaIpuppyFollow

If u aren't prepared to accept your child unconditionally, you don't deserve that child #HisNameWasZander

3:15 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#HisNameWasZander another young person lost to transphobia, another person with the wrong name on their headstone. rest in peace.

audrey@cinefckFollow

#HisNameWasZander another young person lost to transphobia, another person with the wrong name on their headstone. rest in peace.

1:57 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

reading Zander's suicide note is heartbreaking, i'm trying not to give up on the world, transphobia NEEDS to be recognised #HisNameWasZander

im gay @trashboyjeanboFollow

reading Zander's suicide note is heartbreaking, i'm trying not to give up on the world, transphobia NEEDS to be recognised #HisNameWasZander

7:23 AM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

how often does transgender suicide has to happen before people acknowledge how bad and big this problem is #HisNameWasZander

nick@williamspizzaFollow

how often does transgender suicide has to happen before people acknowledge how bad and big this problem is #HisNameWasZander

7:06 AM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Another trans teen suicide. Rest In Power, brother #HisNameWasZander

Josh Lee@J_ManasaFollow

Another trans teen suicide. Rest In Power, brother #HisNameWasZander

1:51 PM - 18 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression there are resources for help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Transgender Lifeline (USA): +187 756 588 60

Samaritans (UK): 08457 90 90 90

Suicide Prevention (Aus): 13 11 14