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José Matías De la Fuente Guevara

Age 16
23 May 2019
Copiapó, Atacama (Chile)

José Matías De la Fuente Guevara
José Matías De la Fuente Guevara [photo:]

Matías died by suicide after suffering constant bullying and transphobia at his school. Staff refused to recognise his gender and in death he was misgendered by the authorities.

The Movement of Homosexual Integration (Movilh) denounced the suicide of a 16-year-old trans youth in Copiapó, a city in northern Chile. On Thursday, May 23, Matías jumped from the building where he lived. He left a sucide note stating that he had suffered constant bullying at his school, the Sacred Heart Lyceum. To date, the school has not issued a statement.

Movilh demanded intervention by the Ministry of Education (Mineduc) in the case. In addition, they denounced the fact that the representative of Education, Silvia Álvarez, referred to the deceased in female, although he identified himself as male.

Matías suffered "constant bullying because of his identity from other students, as well as some officials from the Sacred Heart Lyceum who rejected his gender expression. They also point out that the high school management did nothing when they knew of the existence of episodes of bullying, "said Movilh spokesperson Daniela Andrade.

A march and vigil for Matias was held on Tueday 28th May 2019.

José's mother, Marcela , said her son had begun the social transition at age 13. She tried to create a WhatsApp group with other parents, but left the group after José's death. In the last conversation she had with him, she asked him to change his school, without knowing that the institution was punishing him for being different. The mother accused the teachers and the school inspector of treating José badly, humiliating him after having discovered his trans identity.

"My son always felt marginalized ... he spent many hours exposed to strange looks, comments and ridicule. As a mother I can say that I do not want to go to that school anymore, I want them to be stained with my son's blood. "

Report added: 28 May 2019. Last updated: 16 Jul 2019

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