Malynda Hale Releases Tribute to Leelah Alcorn

13th 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

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  • Frank “Mike” Davis

    I am Frank “Mike” Davis, Next-Door-Neighbor of Leelah/Joshua Alcorn & Husband of Annie Davis, writing this Comment:

    Leelah attended 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..

    MUST READING for Those Who Sympathize with LEELAH ALCORN’s Struggles:

    • Thank you for sharing this story Frank. Leelah’s story will live on for a very long time and I hope that it opens the eyes of our society as she wanted. xox

  • Frank, thank you so much for taking time to comment. I know how difficult it is to hear about this story as a complete stranger- I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must have been to have seen this child in such torment. I do hope that Leelah’s parents can accept who she was, who she is, and can remain in their memories. It would be an even greater tragedy if they are unable to do that but perhaps this horrific event will help other parents with similar mentalities and approaches change how they interact with their own children. There is no need for our children to feel so alone and helpless, especially for simply being themselves. If there are ever any events organized for Leelah do let us know. I’d be happy to pass along any information to our readers.

    Much love,

    Christine Infanger
    Founder, Thirty Roses

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