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Assembly adjourns in memory of transgender teens who committed suicide
Assembly adjourns in memory of transgender teens who committed suicide

An emotional Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) adjourned the state Assembly session Thursday in memory of two transgender teenagers from northern San Diego County who committed suicide. The teens -- identified by Atkins as Taylor Alesana of Fallbrook and Sage David of Encinitas -- were "sweet, loving and bright," she said. "Sage and Taylor had friends, allies and supportive families," said Atkins, her voice breaking slightly. "Yet they still suffered enough that they took this tragic step." Atkins noted that studies have shown that transgender people "suffer disproportionate discrimination and violence in our society." Alesana, 16,...

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