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The Transgender Story of Leelah Alcorn

Leelah Alcorn suicide: Parents ‘stopped best friend from attending transgender teenager’s funeral’

Leelah was a young girl, who was born as a boy, but she didn’t feel right as a boy though. She said that she had known she was a girl since she was 4. When she opened up to her parents about being transgender they unfortunately didn’t support Leelah, and she took her own life.

Leelah had said, “When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was.” She said that the life she would have in the future wasn’t worth living, as her parents couldn’t accept who she was. But a lot of people out there are supportive of Leelah, the LGBT communities have started to try and seek justice for her, they set up a page called ‘Justice for Leelah Alcorn’ and Leelah donated everything she owns to the LGBT community for other people who are in her shoes.

Unfortunately for Leelah she didn’t see a way out from what her parents thought, they took her to therapists who said she was selfish and wrong and that she should look for help from God. And her parents stopped her from seeing her friends, and she ended up alone. This is not the first time a story like this had made headlines and you can read more about tragedy in the headlines here.

This is a worse case scenario, and unfortunately it’s too late for Leelah, and she didn’t find people who accepted her, but there are people out there who she could have spoken to.

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