A transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, wrote a heartbreaking suicide letter before walking in front of a moving truck. Her final words and message will bring you to tears.
Leelah Alcorn may be gone, but her legacy will live on. The 17-year-old teen, born Josh Alcorn, took her own life, but before she did, she wanted her voice to be heard one last time.
Leelah Alcorn Suicide — Transgender Teen Blames Parents In Note
On Dec. 28, Leelah left her home in Montgomery County, Ohio at around 2:30 am. She walked 4 miles to Interstate 71 where she was struck and killed by a truck.
Before taking her life, Leelah wrote a note explaining the pain she felt her whole life and the sad reality of what he parent’s had put her through for being transgender.
The note started out, “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.”
Possibly one of her most important messages was directed towards the parents of transgendered children. She recounted the moment she told her mother she was transgender:
“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. 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.”
In her note, she went on to describe the struggles she faced with her parents and society as a whole. Her powerful yet heart-wrenching last words written were:
“My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say “that’s f**ked up” and fix it. Fix society. Please. Goodbye.”
You can read her full letter HERE.
Celebs & Teens Saddened By Leeah’s Suicide On Twitter
Celebs and teens alike took to Twitter to mourn the loss of such a beautiful soul.
Leelah Alcorn, your death means something. So did your life. I’m sorry we lost such a brave young woman. #leelahalcorn
— Ming Holden (@minglishmuffin) December 31, 2014
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) December 31, 2014
#LeelahAlcorn‘s death is so incredibly sad. Religion is brainwashing parents into not accepting their own children and it turns my stomach.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakIcy) December 31, 2014
Side note for readers — If you ever feel like you need to talk to somebody:
#LeelahAlcorn TheTrevorProject operates a 24/7 private hotline for LGBTyouth. If you’re in crisis/feeling suicidal, plz call 1-866-488-7386
— loripetty (@loripetty) December 31, 2014
— Shira Benozilio