Here are some ways you can make a difference.
(Some may seem redundant but please sign them all since one is never sure which will catch legislator attention.)
'Conversion therapies' have been documented to cause great harms and in this case, Leelah's death. Therapists that engage in the attempt to brainwash or reverse any child's gender identity or sexual orientation are seriously unethical and legislation is needed to end such practices that are resulting in LGBTQ+ deaths. We respectfully seek your help to ban the practice known as 'conversion therapy' and name the bill in honor of Leelah Alcorn.
Leelah's dying wish is already being addressed by the Transgender Human Rights Institute, who have started a petition on Change.org to 'call upon the President of the United States - Barack Obama, and the Leadership of the House and Senate to immediately seek a pathway for banning the practice known as 'transgender conversion therapy.' Leelah's parents forced her into conversion therapy, and also had her see Christian therapists, an experience she describes as them 'telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.'
Have the correct name of Leelah Alcorn placed on her headstone in true remembrance.
Even if it's just a few dollars, it adds up. These are only a few of the organizations trying to make a difference. More can be found here. Please consider at least choosing one to make a donation to.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.
Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT equality. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.
The Transgender Human Rights Institute runs the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal which is an attempt to collect data on anti-transgender violence in order to protect the transgender community in real time and to help us be better-informed advocates for change.
Help fight ignorance with knowledge. Learn a little about what it means to be transgendered and proper etiquette. Visit our transgender information page for links.
Here are a few simple ways you can show your support for equal rights...
♥ Share a link to this website on your social media to help bring transgender issues to light.
♥ Sign our guestbook to express your feelings and thoughts, or just offer a message for Leelah. (Please also consider expressing your thoughts on social medial.)
♥ Help fund a physical memorial for Leelah in Ohio. (Marriage Equality Ohio, a Cincinnati Ohio based grassroots organization is hoping to raise money to help fund a memorial for Leelah Alcorn.) This is especially important since despite the petition to add or change her name to her tombstone, judging from her parents' response to transgenderism so far, it is not likely to have any sway.)
♥ Use social media to show that you support equal rights. Below are some nice image you can use if you like...