TW for suicide
LEELAH ALCORN ASKED US TO MAKE HER DEATH MEAN SOMETHING - LET’S HONOR THAT REQUEST
It’s hard to look past the tragedy here - I’ve been in tears following this story - but if we want to honor her request, we need to focus on the solutions so that other trans and LGBTQIA kids don’t need to suffer as she did.
Here are the specific requests from Leelah’s note:
“When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. 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 themself. That’s exactly what it did to me.
My mom started taking me to a therapist, but would only take me to christian therapists, (who were all very biased) so I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.
As for my will, I want 100% of the things that I legally own to be sold and the money (plus my money in the bank) to be given to trans civil rights movements and support groups, I don’t give a shit which one. The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. 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 fucked up” and fix it. Fix society. Please.”
Here are sites with information on how you can support trans youth, and if you are a trans youth, how to get support.
The last screenshot above is of the tags that Leelah used for her note on tumblr. She asked us to build awareness around these topics. Let’s honor her wish.
Trans Youth Support Network
TransYouth Family Allies
More resources, including state-specific resource links