After transgender teen Leelah Alcorn committed suicide, jumping in front of a truck and leaving her family and the world a heart-wrenching note, her mother, Carla Wood Alcorn, posted this Facebook message:
My sweet 16 year old son, Joshua Ryan Alcorn went home to heaven this morning. He was out for an early morning walk and was hit by a truck. Thank you for the messages and kindness and concern you have sent our way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
In the suicide note, Leelah gives her account of trying to talk to her parents about being trans many times. The told her it “was a phase,” that “God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Unsurprisingly, her parents are using her given boy name on the tombstone, and an online petition with nearly 70,000 signatures has gone up to try and convince her parents to use Leelah’s chosen name.
It makes the plea that, “Her dying wish was to make her death mean something. Let’s make that wish a reality.”
Dan Savage has come out strong against Leelah’s parents, calling for charges of child abuse, neglect, reckless endangerment and manslaughter to be brought against them.
He wrote in a series of Tweets: