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Sign the Petition - Leelah Alcorn

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On Sunday, December 27, 2014, Leelah Alcorn a 17 year old transgender youth wrote a suicide note, posted it on Tumblr and then walked out to a highway and out in front of a semi-truck tragically ending her life. In her last post, Leelah explained how her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her gender identity.

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Leelah Alcorn's death was a hate crime!

And it needs to be treated like every other hate crime this year. Riot in the streets, protest. Do not let this poor child’s voice go unheard, like the many who cannot speak up. Protest the media, protest her parents and everyone else who is misgendering and disrespecting her. Do not let this go. Never forget. But, don’t just hope the internet alone will solve the problem. The fight needs to be in the streets! Make your voices heard! How man trans* youth need to die before their live are protested?

Society isn’t going to be fixed with petitions and heartwarming Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr posts. If you want to “fix society” do something meaningful. Social media will help you get the message out there, but it isn’t going to fix the problem. Fix the problem in the streets. How many trans* youth need to die before we hold a protest? Not just for Leelah, but for every transgender person who has died this year, who’s death went unnoticed.

The petition is a great idea, but what about after the petition is signed, and ignored like so many other petetions? When is it time to say enough, get out from behind your computer and take to the streets?

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