After much pain & suffering & lack of support/understanding for her transgender identity (especially from that of her own mother who looked down upon her & tried to "cure" her through various Christian therapy sessions), 17 Year old Leelah Alcorn of Kings Mills, Ohiodecided that she had had enough & on December 28th at around 2:30am took her life by walking out in front of a moving semi.
The note she left read: "My death needs to mean something." "My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at the number & say, that's fucked up & fix it. Fix society, please." Also, she made mention to her feeling like she was a girl trapped in a boy's body since the age of 4.
This sad tragic loss of life should never have happened. Through love, understanding & guidance of adults around her, especially her mother, Leelah would have had the chance to blossom into the person she truly was.
Our LGBT youth look to us adults for understanding & compassion & we must be there to help & or guide whenever we can.
There is help! Transgender Suicide Hotline - 877-565-8860
Federal Court in Nevada Rules Against Marriage Equality
Judge Robert Jones on decision against Nevada marriage equality case (Sevcik v Sandoval): "Gay couples have no Constitutional right to marry." Further, going on to say; "straight couples may be disinclined to marry if same-sex couples were allowed to enter into the same institution which would result in additional societal problems."
Justice Jones, a devout Mormon (appointee of George W. Bush (R) ) who's decided that "justice" would best be served for Nevada's straight citizens by disregarding the Forth Amendment & believing that children born out of wedlock would rise due to straight couples not wanting anything to do with the now "no longer sacred" institution of marriage...
It's judges & politicians with this kind of ideology & hatred of a minority group that have continue to divide this great nation.
Your no longer my son - A response to a son coming out to his father. In the letter, you will notice the reference of the "Lord" & "unnatural lifestyle."
This is the face of pure religious extremism, intolerance & nothing more. A face that wounds by making scars run deep. A face that can & often kills.
All this for what? For a gay son who decided he needed to be honest with himself & his family. A son looking for nothing more than love & understanding. Isn't that something taught in the same religious circles this religious father claims to be part of?
As this joyous 1 year anniversary is upon us, I look up & see the beautiful sky that still remains, the sounds of birds singing on this bright sunny day as well as the marriages of heterosexual couples in New York were never in jeopardy (as well as the high number of divorces prior to New York's Marriage Equality).
Those hate filled anti-marriage equality groups have once again shown their messages to be wrong.
As I look back to that memorable day, I'll always remember the love, joy, hopes & visions of those beautiful couples who said "I do" in this great state of New York.
I was honored & privileged to be a part of that historical day!
As we celebrate this Memorial Day, let us take a moment to reflect upon those who serve & who's past military service gave us this great land & so many of the freedom's we take for granted.
Including a most special & sacred freedom, the right to vote.
Yes, the right to vote. Even if it's later used against you through a Constitutional Amendment denying you of the same civil rights that you fought to protect for others.
That's what so many of our LGBT brothers & sister fought & continue fighting for alongside their heterosexual counterparts. Freedom.
As an LGBT rights advocate, along with the thousands of other advocates & rights groups, we will continue to work tirelessly to bring the much needed change & freedoms you expect & deserve upon returning home to this great land we call America.