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Kiryas Joel – A jewish town in NY with 40% of people on food stamps

Kiryas Joel (Yiddish: קרית יואל‎‎, Kiryas Yoyel, Yiddish pronunciation: [ˈkɪʁ.jəs ˈjɔɪ.əl], often locally abbreviated as KJ) is a village within the town of Monroe in Orange County, New York, United States. The majority of its residents are Yiddish-speaking Hasidic Jews who belong to the worldwide Satmar Hasidic sect.

Kiryas Joel is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh– Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.

According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Kiryas Joel has by far the youngest median age population of any municipality in the United States,[2] and the youngest, at 13.2 years old, of any population center of over 5,000 residents in the United States.[3] Residents of Kiryas Joel, like those of other Haredi Jewish communities, typically have large families, and this has driven rapid population growth.[4]

According to 2008 census figures, the village has the highest poverty rate in the nation. More than two-thirds of residents live below the federal poverty line and 40% receive food stamps.

Suicide rate of trans people in context of military service access debate

A recent study indicated a suicide attempt rate of 41 % among trans (e.g., trans, transgender, transexual/transsexual, genderqueer, two-spirit) individuals.

But you want to know what’s even more surprising than this? This paper was posted in a FB argument in DEFENSE of trans-sexuals in the military.

It’s hard to imagine why. I think it comes down to these lines:

—“Social support from friends, social support from family, and optimism significantly and negatively predicted 33 % of variance in participants’ suicidal behavior after controlling for age. Reasons for living and suicide resilience accounted for an additional 19 % of the variance.”—

Okay, we know some potential mitigating factors, but so what?

You still have 41% of trans people trying to kill themselves.

And even if we’re right about these potential mitigations, that doesn’t mean they can be implemented. Maybe parents will still be outraged at radically diminshed prospects for biological grandchildren. Maybe it perceived as a perversion that no amount of exposure will resolve. They shown biologically rooted disgust reaction from men who see homosexuals.

This is complete muddled thinking. Complete confirmation bias.

I basically said:

Trans people have a 20x chance of attempting suicide. You’re not helping these people by putting them in combat.

The response:

Oh yeah, well we understand why they’re killing themselves.

It’s a complete nonsequitor.