LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Update-2 – Jan. 2, 2015 — The erasure of the life of Leelah has begun. From Gay Star News: “The erasure of every trace of Leelah Alcorn’s short life online continued today with the apparent removal, from Tumblr, of her ‘satan’s wifey’ account. . . . Those searching for Leelah’s account are now greeted by a standard Tumblr ‘not found’ page, which states: ‘There’s nothing here. Whatever you were looking for doesn’t currently exist at this address.”
While we’re not sure whether Tumblr is behind the deletion of Leelah’s account or if it was action taken by the family, it’s an ominous sign of how easy it is to wipe out a trans person’s existence. Fortunately a number of people have saved some of the contents of her account. I’ve added a screen shot of Leelah’s suicide note as well as her apology note to this article (scroll down).
Update – Dec. 31, 2014 — Leelah’s mother, Carla Alcorn, speaks with CNN: When Ohio teenager Josh Alcorn told his parents he wanted to live as a girl, that he felt trapped in his own body, his parents said they wouldn’t stand for that.
“We don’t support that, religiously,” his mother told CNN Wednesday, her voice breaking. “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.”
Loved him unconditionally? I see what Leelah meant when she said her parents were ‘messed up’.
On the upside, this story is getting a lot of national press.
Original article Dec. 30, 2014: After forced Christian-based therapy, being taken out of school, banned from social media and denied a request to transition, Leelah Alcorn told her parents (in a suicide note on tumblr): “Fuck you. You can’t just control other people like that. That’s messed up” and stepped into freeway traffic near Kings Mill, Ohio.
Utterly predictable. And the stats back that up. Conservative Christians, you are a major contributor to trans suicide.
After looking through Leelah’s social media site, her suicide note and other news reports, it struck me that it was all about appearances for Leelah’s parents. They were far more concerned about how they looked within their Christian community than to try to understand their child. They were non-parents.
Unconfirmed documents floating around on the internet points toward the whitewashing of Leelah’s suicide by her parents. Although they’ve made no official public comment, they’ve made a request for privacy through the school district.
Privacy? no, they don’t deserve privacy — full national media attention should be drawn to their selfish mistake. With any luck at all, it’ll save the lives of a few other trans kids elsewhere.
Update: Wiki identifies the parents as Doug and Carla Alcorn.
Stats on transgender suicide: https://lexiecannes.com/stats-on-transgender-discrimination-violence-and-suicide/
Leelah Alcorn’s tumblr page [Trigger Warning]: lazerprincess.tumblr.com
CNN interview with Carla Alcorn: http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/31/us/ohio-transgender-teen-suicide/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Tumblr account deleted: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/evidence-leelah-alcorns-short-life-removed-tumblr020115
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