KINGS MILLS, Ohio (Dec. 31, 2014)– The death of a 17-year-old transgender teen is getting national attention after a suicide note was posted online.
According to WLWT, Leelah Alcorn, 17, was born Joshua Alcorn. She was hit by a tractor trailer Sunday morning. Before her death, Leelah wrote a suicide note and posted it on Tumblr. (Warning – page contains profanity and graphic images).
When she turned 14, she said she found out about the possibility of being transgender and “cried of happiness.” But she said her parents were disappointed and unwilling to accept her.
“There’s no winning,” Leelah wrote. “There’s no way out. I’m sad enough already, I don’t need my life to get any worse. People say ‘it gets better’ but that isn’t true in my case. It gets worse. Each day I get worse.”
She said the only way she would ever rest in peace is if one day transgender people “aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated with valid feelings and human rights.”
She ended by saying, “My death needs to mean something. Fix society. Please.”
Leelah’s friends and even strangers across the country have taken to Twitter and Facebook, creating a hashtag, #LeelahAlcorn, to raise awareness of her life and the transgender community.