TLDEF Mourns the Loss of Leelah Alcorn

Leelah Alcorn In January, TLDEF voiced profound sadness on the passing of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager from Ohio who died by suicide on December 28. Leelah's story received widespread national attention, and triggered an outpouring of grief from the LGBT community and its allies, as well as a call to help transgender youth in need.

“We join the LGBT and allied community in mourning the loss of Leelah Alcorn, a young transgender woman who was trying to live her life authentically but struggled to find family acceptance, as noted in the heartbreaking letter she left behind,” said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. “Leelah’s story highlights the need for families and communities to support transgender youth and let them know they are not alone. There are resources to assist them and we must help young people access these support systems so that they can find a path to happiness, well-being and self-acceptance.”

TLDEF urges transgender young people who are seeking support to contact The Trevor Project. The organization has a 24-hour crisis hotline to help youth in need: 1-866-488-7386.

TLDEF also urges parents with transgender children who are seeking support and guidance to contact PFLAG, the nation’s largest LGBT family and ally organization.