Transgendered teen’s suicide sparks new acceptance movement

The death of a transgender teen who wrote an anguished blog post and then stepped in front of a tractor-trailer continues to draw attention and debate nearly a month later.

CINCINNATI (AP) – The death of a transgender teen who wrote an anguished blog post and then stepped in front of a tractor-trailer continues to draw attention and debate nearly a month later.

In the final message attributed to Leelah Alcorn, she pleaded: “My death needs to mean something. … Fix society. Please.”

Although many details about her life and death are still unclear, the Ohio 17-year-old has quickly become the new face of a growing movement of people hungering for acceptance.

Many hope the discussion generated by her death will help lead to more awareness of transgender people and reassure them that they are not alone.

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