A transgender teenager killed himself in his bedroom after coming out to his “supportive” family and friends, an inquest heard today. Leo Etherington, born Louise, was found hanged in the room by his horrified dad, Martin Etherington, after he failed to come downstairs for dinner.
The hearing was told that the 15-year-old committed suicide on an afternoon in May when his family believed he was revising for upcoming exams. It heard that he left a suicide note and had previously expressed anger at his school for not letting him change his name until he turned 16. I could see from the colour of his face and the coldness of his skin that he was dead,” said the heartbroken dad.
The teenager had started using the name Leo after revealing to his father that he felt he had been born in the wrong body. Mr Etherington said that his son had been angry at his school for not letting him change his name. But he said he had a “supportive network” of loved ones. “The school had told him he had to be 16 to change his name,” said the dad.