Malynda Hale Releases Tribute to Leelah Alcorn13th January 2015 • 4 comments
Singer/Actress/Activist Malynda Hale has released a new song and video in honor of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. The song, Falling, is resonating with suicide survivors and many members of LGBT community. For those unfamiliar with the story, Leelah Alcorn tragically took her life on 27 December after years of struggling with her identity and being subjected to various forms of Christian therapy to “cure” her.
Though Leelah had a supportive group of friends, her parents refused to accept her as trans and repeatedly told her it was a phase. After Leelah’s suicide, her mother stated: “My sweet 16 year old son, Joshua Ryan Alcorn went home to heaven this morning. He was out for an early morning walk and was hit by a truck. Thank you for the messages and kindness and concern you have sent our way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.” While this family is undoubtedly in mourning, it does seem ever more tragic that even after this girl’s death her family still fails to understand so much. Perhaps that will come in time. Perhaps it won’t. Fortunately for the those like Leelah who feel lost in their own identity and don’t find the support they need at home, there are so many more people in the world who do support you and do want to help in all ways possible.
If you or someone you care about need LGBTQ resources, The Trevor Project is a great place to start. Visit them HERE