Transgender Teen’s Suicide Note Brings Attention To Transgender Rights

A transgender teen committed suicide on Dec. 28, Sunday morning, after walking out in front of a tractor trailer and getting hit by it. According to a report by ABC News on Dec. 31, the teen, Leelah Alcorn also left a note on Tumblr talking about committing suicide and why she had the need to end her life. The note was very lengthy explaining how she is a girl trapped in a boy’s body and how she will never feel happy. It goes on to explain that she wanted to transition as early as possible because ‘the earlier the better’ and when she told her parents about her being a girl trapped in a boy’s body, they reacted ‘extremely negative’ about it. It is really sad that this teenage transgender girl had to end her life all because no one would understand what she was going through. She needed support from her friends and parents, especially her parents, while she was transitioning and she didn’t get it from any of them.

According to MSN, Leelah’s mother left a post on Facebook about her daughter’s suicide, although she made the post about Leelah being her son, since she was born a boy. The post from Mrs. Alcorn stated:

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.

This is so sad that this had to happen. Leelah had her whole life ahead of her and could have transitioned and been a happy woman. If only those closest to her would have supported what she was going through and feeling, maybe she could have lived a long and happy life as a woman like she wanted to.

If you would like to read the post on Tumblr that Leelah published before she committed suicide, you can read it here. Be prepared because it is really sad.

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