The mother of a transgender teenager who killed herself recently refuses to acknowledge her child’s stated gender identity, even after her suicide.
Only days after 16-year-old Leelah Alcorn, born Joshua, walked in front of a tractor trailer and ended her own life, the transgender teen’s mother Carla Alcorn is speaking out, saying in an interview that even posthumously, she does not support her child’s “decision” to be a woman, choosing to use words like “him,” he,” and “son” throughout the entire interview.
Despite their lack of support for Leelah, Carla insisted that she and her husband Don loved the child unconditionally.
“We don't support that, religiously,” Carla explained to CNN. “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.”
The story of Leelah Alcorn’s suicide has reached millions of people, due mostly to the chilling suicide note the teen posted on her Tumblr page prior to taking her own life.
“My death needs to mean something,” the depressed teen wrote in the note, which goes on to explain how she went from Josh to Leelah and how, in her eyes, her parents made her feel like an outcast and a bad person every day that she tried to live an authentic life as a woman.
At the end of her note, Leelah said she hopes that her death will make an impact.
“The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights,” Leelah wrote. "Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something.”