The Suicide of Leelah Alcorn

Leelah Alcorn is no martyr, icon or hero but that doesn’t make this death any less of a needless tragedy. On December 28th the depressed suicidal teenager went through with their plans to end their life by stepping out in front of a truck driver who hit and killed the 17 year old. Tumblr then auto published the suicide note that sent the internet’s SJW a buzz which was then published and again and again by a slew of irresponsible journalist.  There is a good reason not to propagate suicide letters as it’s know to cause idolization of suicidal behavior, and the belief that suicide is a valid way to be heard. It isn’t.

I will reference this excellent piece by Sarah Ditum

I also want to express that Leelah Alcorn, was a male person and a homosexual. It was after Leelah came out as gay that The Alcorns reportedly pulled their child out of public school and took away access to social media. While stating that Leelah was a gay male child (instead of pretending this was a heterosexual girl.) seems to be controversial it is a matter of biology and sexual orientation, and it’s a factual statement.  Another factual statement would be that Leelah came from a conservative Christian household that didn’t accept that their child was gay. This isn’t uncommon for even moderate or liberal Christians, and further more it doesn’t make the parents terrible people. My own parents are proof that people come around, it doesn’t happen overnight and it generally isn’t going to happen at 17. I hope anyone reading this that finds themselves in a corner like Leelah found themselves in heed these three words. Wait it Out.

Like most parents the Alcorns DID show concern for their child’s depression by taking them to doctors and counselors, whom were reported to be Christian and biased. The media would have you believe that Leelah revealed they were a transgirl and suddenly they were pulled out of school, isolated in a room and sent straight to conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is a very specific and cruel practice, but this wasn’t the case. I can’t validate the claim that Christian counseling sessions are conversion therapy. In fact Leelah never said that they went to “Conversion” therapy, they stated they were sent to Christian counselors who had a bias. But still, even though I believe the Alcorns should have been more accepting people in this case, I have no doubts they love their child and were trying to do the right thing.

The media outrage was focused on the parents, who’s social media accounts have been bombarded with hate mail, death threats ect. As well as other outlets headed by trans activist publishing the personal information of the parents to incite abuse against them. The parents can’t even hold a proper memorial for their deceased due to threatened protest.  Who else does that? Oh yeah, Westboro Baptist Church.

Parents of GLBT kids make mistakes, in fact those mistakes are part of growing up for most of us. It can make our lives as GLBT people really hard as children and young adults, sometimes, In what I would hope to be the rarer cases, those parents never come around, but at 17 you will never know.

This situation reminds me of a TV film I saw awhile back and I want to link to that.

The parents of this child could easily be another Mary Griffith. But if you act like Westboro Church (and heads up GLBT peeps, YOU ARE.) I don’t see that changing any hearts.

Go forth with love.