Over 50,000 sign petition to have Leelah Alcorn’s correct name on tombstone
A petition with over 50,000 signatures has been started to have trans teenager Leelah Alcorn’s correct name displayed on her tombstone.
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”.
Now a Change.org petition with over 53,000 signatures has been started to have Alcorn’s name displayed on her tombstone correctly, rather than the name she was given at birth.
It reads: “Her dying wish was to make her death mean something. Let’s make that wish a reality.”
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