With only a few days to go until its deadline, a petition to the White House to enact a federal law banning the controversial practice of ‘conversion therapy’ has reached its target of 100,000.
The petition has been named after an Ohio transgender teenager who took her own life by stepping in front of a truck last month.
Despite not guaranteeing legislation, the petition increases the possibility of action being taken.
A second petition has also been signed over 330,000 times on Change.org.
17-year-old Alcorn from Ohio posted a heartbrekaing suicide note on Tumblr, citing her parent’s refusal to accept her trans status, and calling for better education and awareness, as she was subjected to ‘conversion therapy’, before taking her own life by stepping in front of a truck.
Despite the death, her mother Carla Alcorn continued to refuse to use female pronouns, saying: “We don’t support that”.
Soloway said: “This award is dedicated to Leelah Alcorn and transgender people who died too young.”
“This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn … And I just want to thank you for coming out,” Soloway continued.
“Maybe we’ll teach the world something about authenticity, and truth, and love…. to love.”