Kyler Prescott, Transgender Teen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Kyler Cade Prescott was born on July 7, 2000, but he would only live to be 14 years old. As a transgender teen, Prescott was severely bullied and, as a result, he took his own life. Prescott’s family is featured on the premiere episode of Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series I Am Cait, in hopes of raising awareness. Read on for the details on Prescott’s life, death, and connection to Caitlyn Jenner.


1. Prescott Was a Victim Of Cyber-Bullying

Kyler Cade Prescott endured cyber-bullying as a transgender teen, which led him to commit suicide. Prescott was an accomplished pianist and activist for marriage equality and animal rights in San Diego, California, who died on May 18, 2015. Prescott’s mother did not want to know exact details of how her son died when he took his life in his bathroom at home, though she did reveal that her son had been cutting himself.

Prescott’s official obituary reads:

Kyler Cade Prescott passed away on May 18, 2015. Kyler was born on July 7, 2000 in Santa Cruz, CA. Kyler is survived by his mother Katharine, Carl, and sister Chloe. Kyler cared deeply about animal justice and lived his life committed to the humane treatment of all beings. Kyler was a talented pianist and artist. Memorial Service to honor Kyler’s life was held on Monday, May 25, at 1:00 p.m. at Palomar Unitarian Universalist Church, 1600 Buena Vista Drive, Vista, CA 92081.


2. Caitlyn Jenner Attends Prescott’s Memorial Service

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When hearing about Prescott’s story, Caitlyn Jenner was instantly touched and decided to meet with Prescott’s family. After sitting down with Prescott’s mother, Jenner joins Prescott’s friends in a memorial service to release balloons in Kyler Prescott’s honor on a beach in San Diego. Jenner also opens up about her own thoughts of suicide during her transition.


3. Prescott’s Family Was Very Supportive Of His Identity

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Prescott’s family was very supportive of him and his life choices. In fact, it was other adults who were the big problem, according to Prescott’s mother Katharine. Us Weekly reported that:

The Prescott family was supportive of Kyler, regularly visiting support groups, and were active in the transgender community. But Katharine Prescott said even their support couldn’t vanquish the hate Kyler felt from others. It wasn’t other kids who were intolerant of Kyler, though — it was adults who wouldn’t accept him or even call him by the correct pronoun.


Prescott himself was involved in support groups and organizations as well, including the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, the youth group in San Diego’s LGBT neighborhood of Hillcrest, and the Transforming Family support group.


4. There Is A Go Fund Me Campaign For Creating A Garden To Honor Prescott

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A GoFundMe page has been created in order to raise money to build a garden dedicated to Prescott’s life. The description of the fund-raiser reads:

On Monday May 18, 2015 we lost a transgender youth, son, a brother, a friend, a community member. Kyler Prescott lived his life with strength and authenticity and love. We are here to help his family cover the costs of saying goodbye to Kyler. Any amount will help. No one is ever prepared to lose a child. Let’s help this family and take at least one burden off their plate. Any funds raised over and above the necessary expenses, the family will create a polinating garden to honor Kyler’s love of bees, which Kyler felt were his spirit animal.

Since the fund was started, it has raised over $12,000, though the goal is to raise $20,000. The latest update on the page states:

Due to the incredible and wonderful support of the Prescott Family, they have asked that we extend the campaign and in hopes of raising enough money to create the Kyler Prescott Courage Garden, where those in need of strength and courage for their journey can have a place to feel Kyler’s courage through his garden.

Click here to contribute to the fund-raising campaign.


5. There’s a Memorial Page On Facebook Dedicated to Prescott

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After the tragic death of Prescott, a Facebook profile called the Kyler Prescott Memorial Page was created in his honor. The page’s description reads:

This page honors the memory of Kyler and is dedicated to family and friends.

It features photos of Prescott, articles dedicated to awareness, and news surrounding his death.


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