A transgendered 17-year-old’s suicide note pleading for others to “fix society” is garnering attention across the country.
According to WLWT, Leelah Alcorn, of Kings Mills, Ohio was born Joshua Alcorn. She was struck and killed by a tractor trailer over the weekend.
Before she died, Leelah wrote a suicide note and posted it on Tumbler.
The lengthly note reads, in part:
“The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in… because I’m transgender. I could go into detail explaining why I feel that way, but this note is probably going to be lengthy enough as it is. To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4.”
Leelah goes on to describe her parents’ lack of acceptance and the loneliness she felt, especially when her friends turned away from her as well.
“People say ‘it gets better’ but that isn’t true in my case. It gets worse. Each day I get worse,” she wrote.
She ended her note by saying, “My death needs to mean something…Fix society. Please.”
Following Leelah’s death, the hashtag #LeelahAlcorn began popping up on social media. People who knew her and even strangers are using the hashtag to raise awareness of her life and the transgender community.
Leelah bid farewell b/c she could not live her life AND be truly seen. We all just want to be seen and/or just be. Let folks f*king BE.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) December 30, 2014
Leelah Alcorn, your death means something. So did your life. I'm sorry we lost such a brave young woman. #leelahalcorn
— Ming Holden, PhD (@minglishmuffin) December 31, 2014
Leelah Alcorn's final wish was that her suicide would mean something. Crisis line is staffed by transgender people: http://t.co/B2OuY329Az
— Delilah S. Dawson (@DelilahSDawson) December 31, 2014