Leelah Alcorn was a transgender teen who committed suicide on December 28, 2014. She lived in a conservative household that condemned gender non-conformity and was sent to several “conversion therapists” by her parents, which led to Leelah’s depression.
Tomorrow, we paint our ring fingers pink to remember her and to remind us about the fight for transgender equality.
In April 2015, President Obama responded to the petition seeking to ban conversion therapy, in memory of Leelah. Obama promised to advocate for the ban of this inhumane practice. Cincinnati became the second U.S. city (after Washington D.C.) to ban the practice of conversion therapy in December 2015.
This is the third year of the #PinkForLeelah tradition. We must use the calendar to ask ourselves questions: how far have we come? What do we need to do? What should we speak more loudly about?
Otherwise, time will slip away, and our siblings will continue to live in silence.
As we wear a color that celebrates femininity and joy, we make sure that Leelah’s story isn’t forgotten.
To a love-filled 2017,
LPP Team Member Alyssa Sileo