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 off her suicide as the accidental death of a son.
There is something here. You can delete a Tumblr but you can’t delete Leelah’s spirit.
“We don’t support that, religiously,” Alcorn’s mother told CNN on Wednesday, “But we told him that we loved him unconditionally. We loved him no matter what. I loved my son. People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy.”
With all due respect Carla Alcorn, and I know you are grieving, and that you loved your daughter, but this needs to be said.
Your ignorance of your own religion killed your child.
You can still read Leelah’s suicide note here.
Religious ignorance comes in three forms, sometimes intertwined, illiteracy, intentional and convenience. When a religious person is intentionally ignorant, or ignorant out of convenience they can justify biases without regret and without regard of the consequences. Christian biases are fueled by hateful people in robes who tell others convenient lies.
Then there’s illiteracy, when a person has to rely on others to tell them what’s written in scriptures. Carla, I think you can read so the only understandable form of ignorance doesn’t apply to you.
I know you are hurting. You know millions of people are blaming you for her death even in your own city.
Leaving you feel like the real victim…..
Sadly this is a common ploy by those with no other way to respond but playing the victim card
Let me state now Carla, if anyone from our community threatened you we would be on your side one hundred percent.
But if you cancelled, as I suspect because you didn’t want anyone holding a like memorial simultaneously remembering her as she should be, then that would be a different story. We call it trans-erasure. It’s nothing new to us, yet it’s still profoundly tragic when it occurs.
Carla, please take a moment to read the Bible and reflect on these teachings. This will help you to find the peace you so desperately need.
Mother Carla, transgender people are welcomed in the bible by God, Jesus and the Holy spirit. The Holy Trinity.
Some religious leaders claim that these passages you are about to read aren’t about transgender people because they refer to us as Eunuchs. This word has been around since the beginning of recorded history and ‘eunuch’ is still used in India today at times to describe transgender people.
Please read these passages Mother Carla…
Isaiah 56 for this is what the Lord says:
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose what pleases me
and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
a memorial and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that will endure forever.
Contrasting verses can be found which “Conservative” Christians use to validate their hate of gender diversity. In the book of Deuteronomy, “No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord” (23:1). A similar passage in Leviticus declares that “no one who has a blemish shall draw near” the sanctuary, including one with “crushed testicles” (21:18-20).
What is clear is the there are a number of men who presumed to speak on god’s behalf. Some excluded people with a blemish but in my opinion the vast majority of Christians welcome all who have “Blemishes” and most understand our diversity as gods blessing.
Jesus acknowledges the difficulties cisgender people would have in understanding transgender people. In Mathew 19:11 and 12 Jesus said to his followers, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
I believe that passage was a ‘post-it-note’ from Christ just before he began his accession.
After Christ was crucified true to his promise God made his will be known through the holy spirit by saving a transgender man after he had been rejected by the Conservative Christians of the day. A eunich tried and failed to be baptised in Jerusalem. Acts 8:26-40 Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch God commands Philip, a successful pastor, to travel down the road leading to Gaza, a desert road rift with criminals, without a doubt a road less traveled.
I believe this was the original occurrence of what has become universally understood within the transgender community as our road less travelled. Our path is one less taken but one that we share. We have community with each other. Its what keeps us together when hate surrounds us and when we see our family slain. And when we share the joy of living authentically.
Taking this one step further do the road. I believe when Philip and the Eunuch were brought together it was for more than just their benefit, it was for every transgender person who followed.
Please Know this Carla, you AND Transgender people are known and beloved by God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.