Activists Call On RuPaul to Dethrone ‘Drag Race’ Winner Over “Disgusting” Suicide Tweets

A day after we reported on a series of disturbing tweets posted by RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez, which expressed her lack of sympathy for people who commit suicide and advised those who feel suicidal to go ahead and “kill yourself,” outraged fans are now calling on RuPaul to dethrone the Drag Race winner.

In less than 24 hours, 700 people have signed an online petition, which reads in part:” Dear RuPaul, We feel that Tyra Sanchez’s recent comments about suicide and mental illness warrants for a complete removal of her name and face from any RuPaul’s Drag Race events. Her blatant disrespect for the victims and family members of people who have committed suicide is nothing short of disgusting and cruel. We would ask that you revoke her title and crown, whether officially or not. If it is out of your jurisdiction then we would like for you to speak out against her to show your support for all of those who truly need and deserve it. We feel that Tyra Sanchez is the true coward in this situation, ignorant and dull, and that she no longer deserves to have as much fame and positive recognition as she has received.”

The tweets from Saturday, Aug. 15, have since been deleted, but not before they were screen-captured and saved by Google’s cache:

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A GailyGrind reader sent us a second deleted tweet, which reads: “If you want to kill yourself, go ahead it’s your life. Am I gonna be sympathetic for you & give pity? I think not. Too busy living MY life.”

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Sanchez is not backing down or apologizing for the tweets. The reality star shared a message on Facebook defending the tweets:

Dear everyone that has me fifty shades of fucked up,I will not apologize for my opinion. It's my opinion and I'm…

Posted by Tyra Sanchez on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

As we shared before, here are some sobering facts about suicide provided by the Trevor Project’s suicide hotline:

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.

Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.

Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.

LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.

1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.

Suicide attempts are nearly two times higher among Black and Hispanic youth than White youth.

Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. You can reach them by phone at 866-488-7386 or visit them online at thetrevorproject.org.