Transgender Teen’s Death Sparks Outcry From Advocates

Dec 31, 2014
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Leelah Alcorn, 17, was killed after being hit by a tractor trailer

Leelah Alcorn, 17, was killed after being hit by a tractor trailer in Ohio on Sunday morning, USA Today reports. She left behind a suicide note, which she had scheduled to post to her Tumblr only a few hours after her death. In the note, Alcorn said her parents refused to accept her gender identity and took her to Christian therapists who told her she was “selfish” for feeling like a girl trapped in a boy’s body.

“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,” she wrote.

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