Heartbreaking story of Leelah(Joshua) AlcornOn the night of December, 28th, 2014, Leelah(Joshua) Alcorn had stepped in front of a moving tractor trailer in a small town of Cincinnati in Ohio. Her suicide was noticed by across the nation. Leelah's suicide note states "The only way I'll rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was," that note is what brought millions of people to notice what really was going on.
Leelah was 4 years old when she realized that something didn't feel right. After 10 years of confusion, she finally understood how she felt. She told her Mother right away that she was transgender and her Mother was extremely negative about the whole idea, considering her christian beliefs, she did not support transgender religiously. Leelah states that her parents did not give her the correct support. They put her in Christian counseling which did not help her state of mind. The famous blogger on Tumblr then posted her suicide note on her blog.
She didn't want her attempt to be another pitiful sorrow, she wanted to have attention come to the problems of transgender people. Youth Suicide Prevention Program states that over 50% of transgender teens will attempt suicide before 20 years of age. Leelah's suicide attempt has grabbed attention across the nation to this problem, it needs to be addressed. Leelah states "They're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught abut in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something".