If you haven’t heard about the tragic death of 17 year old Leelah Alcorn by now I’d be quite surprised. These days we are trying to teach the world a little thing called ACCEPTANCE. From race, religion, sexuality and more, there is so much hate in this world. I like to look to the positive side of things and believe we are making strides, but looking at the realistic side it’s hard to tell.
Leelah Alcorn left a suicide note on Tumblr, which published right after the teen was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in Ohio December 28th at about 2:15 am. This happened just 4 miles from her home in Kings Mills, which is not too far from Cincinnati.
Catch a few excerpts from the note below:
“Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in … because I’m transgender,” the note said. “I could go into detail explaining why I feel that way, but this note is probably going to be lengthy enough as it is. To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4. I never knew there was a word for that feeling, nor was it possible for a boy to become a girl, so I never told anyone and I just continued to do traditionally ‘boyish’ things to try to fit in.”
“After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids,” the note says. “Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.”
“My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to Christian therapists, (who were all very biased) so I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more Christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.”
“The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. … Fix society. Please.”
“I’m never going to find a man who loves me,” she wrote. “I’m never going to be happy.”
The note was signed Josh Alcorn, with Josh crossed out and Leelah put into place. With just these few excerpts, I can easily see why this story sparked outrage throughout the country; such a hateful society we live in. This is beyond sad, and what is even sadder is the parents still refer to Leelah as “Him” or “Josh.” ACCEPTANCE really is not that hard, especially if you’re a parent, because unconditional love for your child should come naturally. By the way what kind of parents send their child to “Conversion therapy” like that? Who even thought of coming up with such an ignorant concept? LET PEOPLE BE TRUE TO WHO THEY ARE!
There has been nonstop support for Leelah since the news broke, many of which are notes outraged at the parents (and for damn good reason I might add). I pray her parents lay her to rest under the name she identified with – there’s even a petition out there to get Leelah’s mother to put her name on her headstone instead of Josh. I hope the request is honored. Rest in Power baby girl – the world heard you.