KINGS MILLS, OH – Thousands are petitioning for change after a 17-year-old transgender girl ended her life on a highway in Kings Mills, Ohio.
Leelah Alcorn left a heartbreaking post on Tumblr before walking in front of an 18-wheeler.
In her note, Leelah says “If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue.” She goes on to say that she felt “like a girl trapped in a boy’s body” and had felt that way since she was just four years old.
When she was 14, she came out to her mom as transgender, but was told “God doesn’t make mistakes” and was taken to therapy. Leelah said her Christian parents wouldn’t consent to her transitioning on her 16th birthday, which she says led to her feelings of hopelessness.
So, she ended her life on Dec. 28.
Leelah’s dying wish was that her death not be in vain, saying the only way she will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way she was. Also, Leelah hoped that “they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights.”
The Transgender Human Rights Institute is already pushing to make that dream a reality. The organization started a petition for “Leelah’s Law,” a bill to ban so-called transgender conversion therapy.
So far, the Change.org campaign has more than 200,000 signatures.