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Cincinnati bans gender conversion therapy honoring Leelah Alcorn’s last wish

Cincinnati bans gender conversion therapy honoring Leelah Alcorn’s last wish

Cincinnati Ohio city council voted 7-2 Wednesday banning gender and sexual-orientation conversion therapy for minors. Twenty-three people spoke at the city council meeting. Twenty-one pastors urged the council to keep the status quo complaining that living transgender children infringe on their religious liberty. John Boggess, Equality Ohio board member was the lone person to speak […]

Group Adopts I-71 in memory of Leelah Alcorn

Group Adopts I-71 in memory of Leelah Alcorn

Chris Fortin, 33, a gay man and 2001 graduate of Leelah’s school, Kings High, led the Adopt-A-Highway effort in Alcorn’s memory. For months after Alcorn’s death, he says he drove that portion of the interstate and watched a small homemade memorial sign for Alcorn go up, disintegrate through the winter and disappear telling cincinnati.com: “I […]

President Obama responds to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide condemning conversion therapy

President Obama responds to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide condemning conversion therapy

President Obama has responded to the White House.gov petition “Enact Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’” “Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s […]

Thirteen Year Old Boy Comes Out As Transgender To His School

Thirteen Year Old Boy Comes Out As Transgender To His School

An incredibly brave young man, Tom Sosnik, having faced a lifetime of discomfort with his physical sex has chosen to address these issues and become the person he was always meant to be.  In a very courageous act Tom has chosen to come out to his school with a very moving speech that not only […]

JamForLeelah Event to Raise Funds For Trans Charities in Memory of Leelah Alcorn

JamForLeelah Event to Raise Funds For Trans Charities in Memory of Leelah Alcorn

Saturday saw the start of a month long charity event called ‘JamForLeelah’. Aimed at raising awareness of LGBTIQ issues, specifically trans youth issues and the Leelah’s Law campaign, the event will be raising money for a number of charities including Transender Law Center, Camp Aranu’tiq and the Sylvia Rivera Law project. The event is named […]

Carla, your ignorance of Christianity killed your daughter Leelah Alcorn

Carla, your ignorance of Christianity killed your daughter Leelah Alcorn

Last week a transgender child, Leelah Alcorn stepped in front of a semi truck, taking her life. Leelah commited suicide after being shut away from the outside world and forced to attend religious conversion “therapy” by parents who rejected her transsexuality claiming religious reasons. Much to the horror of the world her mother then passed […]

My Chemical Romance Guitarist Ray Toro Dedicates New Song, “For the Lost and Brave” To Leelah Alcorn

My Chemical Romance Guitarist Ray Toro Dedicates New Song, “For the Lost and Brave” To Leelah Alcorn

Ray Toro dedicated and released “For The Lost And Brave” after reading Leelah Alcorn’s suicide letter on Tumblr. Toro said this on his website “I wrote this song about a year ago, waiting to release it on my record when it was complete. There have been many times that I’ve almost put it out, but […]

The Queer Life Episode 21 – 1/2/15 – RIP Leelah Alcorn

The Queer Life Episode 21 – 1/2/15 – RIP Leelah Alcorn

 Kaiyla and co host Mandy have dedicated tonight’s show to the memory Leelah Alcorn. It’s been rough the last week. Having a community member commit suicide so publicly adding to the holiday stress. This will leave a lasting mark on us. Kaiyla writes “At first I thought to label this episode “Happy New Year” but […]

Was it Right to Share Leelah’s Suicide Note?

Was it Right to Share Leelah’s Suicide Note?

I’ve seen a number of commentators condemn the sharing of Leelah Alcorn’s suicide not over the last twenty four hours. Ranging from people who don’t want conversion therapy to be banned, to defencive Christians who believe that it could damage their religion, to trans supporters who don’t want her note to urge others into taking […]

Making Leelah’s Death Mean Something

Making Leelah’s Death Mean Something

In a heartbreaking and emotional suicide note teenager Leelah Alcorn pleads with the world to make sure that other transgender teens never have to go through the hell that drove her to take her own life. Aged just seventeen, Leelah was a victim of insidious abuse and hatred based solely on the fact that she […]

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