We here at the Daily Geekette are saddened by the death of Leelah Alcorn. Although many of you may not have heard of her until today, we ask that you not let her name fall into obscurity as New Year’s festivities clog up media coverage that matters. All lives matter, but not all lives are threatened by the persecution transgender people face.
It is difficult to give you a hard statistic on how many transgender lives are lost each year because such studies are still relatively new. The short answer is, too many. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the prevalence of suicide attempts among the respondents was 41%! The only hard fact we can give you is that Leelah Alcorn is one of far too many of those losses.
Leelah Alcorn was a seventeen year old transgender woman who committed suicide two days ago. The Ohio native published her suicide note via a queued Tumblr post: in it, Leelah cited her parent’s strict Christian beliefs and unacceptance as a detriment to her mental health and identity.
[When I told my mom] 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 them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.