On December 28th, 2014 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn willingly walked in front of and got crushed by a truck on an Interstate highway. Before committing this act of suicide, she posted on her Tumblr page her thoughts and feelings of how her parents’ negative reaction when she told them about her Homosexuality. Reactions from the post were spread nationwide. Comments of this subject consisted of hatred towards the parents, hatred towards religion, and that we should do better.
According to Leelah’s last post, until she was 14, she was confused about her gender, she felt like “a girl trapped in a boy’s body”. When she discovered her homosexuality, she told her parents, who were devout Christians, and they responded negatively. ” ‘telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong.’ ” So to try to “fix” her, her parents took her to Christian therapists who weren’t very good at their job and told her “she was ” ‘selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.’ ” Loving parents, huh? It gets better, because at the age of sixteen when she decided to announce herself as gay, her parents disconnected her from public school and the internet for 5 months!
Back on the internet, Leelah discovered ” ‘her friends “didn’t actually give a shit about me” and “only liked me because they saw me five times a week.’ ” This was probably the point in which she decided suicide was the only answer.
Because of her non-supporting parents, demeaning Christian therapists, no real friends, and extreme self doubt, Leelah Alcorn committed suicide. Now that it’s too late to save her, what have we learned? We should treat homosexuals better, Christianity needs to be more generous, fire all Christian therapists, and always keep at a reasonable speed on interstates.