Highway sign erected to commemorate trans teen Leelah Alcorn

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The sign marks the site where the trans teen died by suicide.

17-year-old Leelah posted a heartbreaking suicide note on Tumblr, citing her parent’s refusal to accept her trans status.

She also called for better education and awareness, before taking her own life by stepping in front of a truck.

Highway sign erected to commemorate trans teen Leelah Alcorn

Her death also sparked a huge debate regarding conversion therapy – which she had been subjected to in the past.

Leelah’s parents subsequently objected to using her female name on her headstone, and had her suicide note removed from Tumblr.

The venue for the teen’s funeral was changed at last minute, as the Northeast Church of Christ in Cincinnati cited “threats” against the Alcorn family.

Her friends were also banned from the event – Abby Jones said she was told by Carla and Don Alcorn not to attend the service because she shared photos of her friend following her death.

However, her many supporters have joined forces with the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program to commemorate the teen.

The sign reads ‘In memory of Leelah Alcorn’ along the highway where her body was found.

The sign was placed in time for International Transgender Day of Remembrance – which this year was dedicated the 217 members of the trans community who have lost their lives in the past year.

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