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 took that entrance to 71 South all the time. After that first happened, someone put up one of those rickety garage-sale signs, and as I would drive by, I would see that the sign was halfway off, then 75 percent off, then it was off the frame, then the frame was gone. And I thought, ‘OK, we’re forgetting what happened.’ ”
“If she hadn’t written in her note, ‘I want my death to mean something,’ I wouldn’t have felt as strongly,” said Fortin. “I just felt like something needed to be permanent and from ODOT.”
Although there may never be a Leelah law during the Obama administration you can lend your support and perhaps a hand by honoring that portion of the highway by helping to keep it clean.
Info on that at Leelah Alcorn Memorial Highway facebook page.