January 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
D.C. march to honor Leelah Alcorn scheduled

Leelah Alcorn, gay news, Washington Blade

LGBT rights advocates are scheduled to hold a rally and march in D.C. on Saturday in response to the suicide of Leelah Alcorn (Image via Facebook)

A rally and march in response to last month’s suicide of a transgender Ohio teenager is scheduled to take place in Northwest D.C. on Saturday.

American University student Jes Grobman and Rev. Wendy Moen of First Trinity Lutheran Church are among those expected to speak at the rally that is slated to take place in Mount Vernon Square near the Walter E. Washington Convention Center at 2 p.m. The advocates are then scheduled to march to the Justice Department where they will read a list of demands that include a federal ban on so-called conversion therapy to minors.

The events will take place less than a month after Leelah Alcorn, 17, took her own life on an interstate outside of Cincinnati.

The teenager wrote on her Tumblr page before she committed suicide that her mother took her to “very biased” Christian therapists after learning “what transgender meant” at 14.

Alcorn said she came out to her parents as gay because she thought it would prove “less of a shock” to them. She wrote in her suicide note that they instead withdrew her from school, took away her laptop and phone and refused to allow her to see her friends.

“Leelah called for us to fix society, which means improving it for not only people in her situation, but to address problems that other trans people face,” said organizers of the D.C. protest in a Facebook post.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • I am Frank "Mike" Davis, Next-Door-Neighbor of Leelah Alcorn and Husband of Annie Davis, writing this Comment: I Appreciate and Applaud Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach's Support of Leelah Alcorn. Leelah went to school with my children, and Leelah expressed her utter devastation when Leelah's parents, upon learning she was "gay", yanked Leelah from school, confiscated Leelah's cell phone, deleted Leelah's facebook profile, and isolated Leelah within her bedroom. She was no longer permitted to associate with my son who shared classes with Leelah at Kings High School. My son supported Leelah's "coming out" and was one of few people who knew about Leelah's transgender issues. …Leelah was always kind and soft spoken around me. I deeply regret that Leelah was forbidden to visit our home because my family has always wholeheartedly accepted Leelah without judgment and, maybe…just maybe…this tragedy would not have occurred if we could have shown our love and support for Leelah.

    …When the grief has been processed, Leelah's parents need to admit and to believe that they made a mistake, rather than sanitize Leelah's suicide, before any healing and closure may occur within our Community.

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