Content warning: This post mentions and links to content discussing transmisogyny and suicide
You will have likely heard of the tragic death of Leelah Alcorn and perhaps seen her suicide note and the reaction of the mother whose behaviour directly caused Leelah’s death. As a cis person, I have little to add personally, but my own sadness that this happens not just to Leelah but to countless other people in her situation. All I can offer is a round-up of the words of others who understand the situation better than me, because they have lived it. I also want to signpost that tomorrow, 3rd January, there will be a vigil for Leelah at Trafalgar Square at 1pm if you wish to come and pay respects.
Listening to the Living and the Dead: Ruminations on #justiceforLeelahAlcorn (b. binaohan)
To save trans lives; listen to Leelah (Natacha Kennedy)
Cis People Know Best, They Tell Us (Cheryl Morgan)
Don’t Tell Trans People To Empathize With Bigoted Parents (Jackson Warlock)
Sarah Ditum wants you to stop being so mean to the parents who murdered their child. (Jenny Trout)
Leelah Alcorn suicide note: Why I believe the media were right to share it (Sarah Brown)
Most trans suicides are murder (Allie Cat)
Remembering Leelah (Jane Fae)
Fraudulent; Negligent; Incompetent. My speech to the Trafalgar Square Vigil for Leelah Alcorn (Sarah Brown)
Whose life? (Jane Fae)
Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It’s About Ethics in Suicide Journalism (Arthur Chu)
10 thoughts on “Remembering Leelah Alcorn: a round-up of links”
http://kazenokae.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/most-trans-suicides-are-murder.html Not just about Leelah, but mostly talking about her and prompted by her death
Thank you very much. I’ll add it to the list.
I’ve changed my blog title to Musings and Rants 🙂 The url is still kazenokae for the time being cos I figured the day after I made a post wasn’t the best time to change that lol
Oh and my name is Alison Stevenson, but I’d prefer to be credited as Allie Cat so as to be recognisable to activisty types and less so to the DWP, potential bosses, GCHQ etc lol
Thank you for compiling this.
“You Didn’t Have To Kill Her”: An Open Letter To The Parents Of Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn: http://www.ravishly.com/2014/12/31/open-letter-leelah-alcorn-parents
Reblogged this on karaskonjectures.
Thanks for putting this together. Sarah Ditum in particular made me really angry with her “erasure through faux concern” piece, as did others trying to tell trans people why they were wrong to be angry.