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Monday, 28 December 2015
Not so happy anniversary today. Gone but not forgotten!!!
Monday, 28 December 2015 | Red Hook, NY
One year ago, I read a news story about a young trans woman who completed suicide after soul crushing rejection and cruelty by her parents. This story resonated deeply with me as I struggled - mostly unconsciously - with my own identity.
Leelah, I wish you hadn't completed. I wish your parents were more worried about your happiness and safety, and less about their god's feelings. I wish I could say that society was fixed.
I cannot make any of those wishes come true. But I can remember a young woman who was helpless and hopeless, whose destruction at the hands of those who were supposed to love her the most was unnecessary, but life changing.
You made a larger impact than you could have ever known.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 | TX
Coming up on a year now and you are on my mind. I hope your story has helped others find a voice.
Bobbie Jo Justice
Friday, 20 November 2015 | Columbus, Ohio
We are working to fix society in your name.
Sunday, 23 August 2015 | Arnold
Leelah, so much has happened since you left us. Gay marriage is legal in all 50 states! I know we still have a long way to go, especially with the transgendered, but that was a big step!
Thursday, 18 June 2015 | United Kingdom
I feel the need to apologize on behalf of your parents. So, I'm sorry. I'm sorry that you weren't referred to as your true gender. I'm sorry that they didn't accept your chosen name. I'm sorry that you were made to feel unloved and unaccepted. But, most of all, I'm sorry that, even in death, your memory was defaced and tarnished when they buried you in a suit and wrote the wrong name on your head stone. I'm sorry. Deeply.
I know that what you did will impact the trans community greatly and, whilst it has suffered a great lost among others, you will cause the uproar that is needed to make a change. It is unbelievable that it took your death to stimulate some kind of understanding and respect for the trans community. But, you did it. You managed to breakthrough the stigma that surrounds transgender people and made the world aware of how many people have died simply because they have been denied their basic human right to be happy.
You will be missed so much, Leelah Alcorn. I can't tell you how much respect I have for you and I'm sorry it had to result in this.
Finally, to the rest of the world, her name was Leelah Alcorn. They buried her in a suit and defaced her head stone with a boys name. How dare they.
Rest in Peace Leelah.
Monday, 08 June 2015 | CT
As if life is not tough enough! We don't need to make it harder people!!!
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 | dutchess county, ny
just want to lend my support for anyone concerned. don't currently know anyone, however have in the past and I get it... LOVE yourself no matter what, God loves you as you are!!
Friday, 29 May 2015 | New Mexico
Over a year now and this still makes me angry. Worse, there have been other suicides since. When will we learn from such tragedy?