Leelah Alcorn’s mother refuses to use female pronouns: ‘He was a good boy’

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Despite Leelah Alcorn’s tragic suicide, her mother continues to refuse to use appropriate pronouns in an interview, saying: “We don’t support that.”

Leelah Alcorn, from Ohio, scheduled a heartbreaking post on Tumblr, citing her parent’s refusal to accept her trans status, and calling for better education and awareness, before taking her own life by stepping in front of a truck.

She said her Christian parents refused to allow her to self-identify, and told her she was going through “a phase” because “God doesn’t make mistakes”.

Speaking to CNN since her daughter’s suicide, Carla Alcorn said: “We don’t support that, religiously.

“But we told him that we loved him unconditionally. We loved him no matter what. I loved my son. People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy.”

Saying Leelah had accessed “inappropriate” content, she had been banned from social media.

Gay activist Dan Savage has called for the parents of transgender teenager Alcorn to be prosecuted in her death.

And a Change.org petition with over 65,000 signatures has been started to have Alcorn’s name displayed on her tombstone correctly, rather than the name she was given at birth.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article and need to talk to someone, visit samaritans.org or call 08457 90 90 90.