Warning: The following parts of the description may involve triggering content. If you are sensitive to mentions of suicide, please be warned.
That is a small bit of Leelah Alcorn's suicide note up there. "Fix society. Please." Those were some of her last words before she killed herself by walking in front of oncoming traffic. I've spoken to many people about her death. Very few of my peers know about her, which is such a sad thing. Her death caused a chain of affects. Obama finally passed 'Leelah's Law', illegalizing conversion therapy, which saved plenty of transgender lives. But it's such a tragic shame that she had to die to make people realize how messed up our society is. Conservatives are allowed to have their own beliefs, but it is not okay to try to force anyone's beliefs on anyone. Even a liberal trying to force their beliefs on a conservative is still extremely rude. At fourteen, Leelah came out to her parents as transgender. She had felt like a freak since she was four, but then she found a word for her feelings, she realized that she wasn't alone. She told her parents, and they immediately disapproved, rejecting her female identity. They took her out of school at one point. They banned her from any electronics for five months. So that was five months of no friends, no support. And it wasn't just her having no support, her parents sent her to conversion therapy and kept telling her things like "you'll never be a real girl". It broke her. She was even more depressed. She stated in her good-bye note that she knew she would never be happy with the amount of friends she had, with the way she looked. Her and her friends drifted apart when she got her social media back. She was in so much pain, she decided to end it all. That poor girl was buried in a suit. With the wrong name on her headstone. Even after death, her parents dishonored her by refusing to acknowledge her identity. They called her death an accident. They may as well have been there to push her under the truck themselves. They loved their son so much that they killed their daughter. So that brings us back to her final plead. Fix society. When will that ever happen? This beautiful girl died in 2014 and it is now 2017. Transgender rights have been improved a lot, but there is still so much discrimination. I have seen that in schools, churches, and pretty much any public area. When will people finally get a grip on reality? You can have your own beliefs, but when you refuse to respect a transgender person's chosen name and pronouns, then you are saying that you would rather repeatedly hurt them if it makes YOU feel better about THEIR life. You threaten their mental, physical, and social health. So please. Fix society. Fix the twisted people who send CHILDREN to their deaths. We have to be the generation that fixes the deaths, the pain, all of it. The discrimination against ANYONE, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexuality, anything. Everything. Please. Rest in power, Leelah.
Look, I get it if you don't agree with trans* peoples' identities, but please don't just come here and bring us down. Many of the kids here don't have a safe place in the real world, this is one of the only places they have where they can feel accepted. You're entitled to your own opinion, but I've seen a LOT of homophobia and transphobia here, and I'm pretty sick of it.