A transgender 17-year-old committed suicide on Sunday by walking out in front of a tractor trailer on highway I-71 in Warren County, Ohio. Leelah Alcorn (born Joshua) left a suicide note on Tumblr, placing much of the blame on her devout Christian parents. The note, which can be read in its entirety below, says Leelah’s parents reacted negatively and refused to allow her to transition. Leelah says that she felt like a girl trapped in a boy’s body since she was 4 years old, and she warns other parents not to treat their children how she was allegedly treated.
The suicide note was posted shortly after Alcorn’s death, along with another Tumblr post entitled, “Sorry.” In the second post, the Kings Mill teen wrote to his two sisters, Amanda and Tiffany, and brother, Justin, with love. But to her parents, Leelah wrote: “Fuck you. You can’t just control other people like that. That’s messed up.”
On her Facebook page, the teen’s mother — Carla Wood Alcorn — posted a message about her child’s death, but referenced Alcorn as her “son” and made no mention of suicide.
“My sweet 16 year old son, Joshua Ryan Alcorn went home to heaven this morning. He was out for an early morning walk and was hit by a truck. Thank you for the messages and kindness and concern you have sent our way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.”
Additionally, the local media in the area also reported the death using Alcorn’s birth name — Joshua. Though later, WCPO.com added an update to their story stated that Leelah was transgender and committed suicide.
Many in the LGBT community are outraged by the apparent disregard for Leelah’s desire to be identified as a girl. A Facebook group his been started — “Justice for Leelah Alcorn.”
Check out the gallery below to see pictures of Leelah Alcorn who committed suicide.
Transgender Teen Commits Suicide
Leelah Alcorn (Born Joshua)
Suicide Blamed on Christian Parents
Leelah Alcorn Left a Note
Ohio Transgender Teen Suicide
Leelah Alcorn - Transgender Teen
Ohio Teen Commits Suicide
Leelah Alcorn - Born Joshua
Source: Tumblr | WCPO.com