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Conversion Therapies Deadly Outcomes

Conversion Therapies Deadly Outcomes

I wish Leelah was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of “Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy” not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember. Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out,” Obama’s statement read. “What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us — on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”

Leelah’s memory will haunt us as a society until there’s change. Her suicide note sparked a movement to end conversion therapy (also known as “reparative therapy”). These pseudo-therapies are motivated primarily by conservative religion-based homophobic and transphobic therapies and ministries that are hell-bent on the idea that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people can and should be made straight.

"If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue…To put it simply, I feel like a girl trapped in a boy’s body, and I’ve felt that way ever since I was 4….When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong, ” Leelah’s suicide note opened with.

In wanting to advance the civil rights cause of transgender people Leelah (whose birth name was Joshua Ryan Alcorn ) was a 17 year old trans female left the following instructions:

"I want 100% of the things that I legally own to be sold and the money be given to trans civil rights movements and support groups…. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the