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Leelah Alcorn memorialized on the highway where she took her life

Leelah Alcorn memorialized on the highway where she took her life

At the end of 2014, the trans teenager killed herself by walking into traffic of an Ohio highway

Leelah Alcorn will now be remembered on the Ohio highway where she took her life. At the end of 2014, the transgender teen walked into traffic of Interstate 71 in Warren County.

According to WCPO.com, friends and supporters worked with the Adopt-a-Highway program to ‘adopt the stretch of freeway near Kings Mill where Alcorn’s body was found.’

After her death, Leelah’s suicide note appeared on her Tumblr page. She noted her dismay at her parents not accepting her identity.

She added she was ending her life because of her parents’ negative reaction to her wish to transition, and an inability to see a productive future

‘The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights,’ her note ended. ‘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 number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say “that’s fucked up” and fix it. Fix society. Please.’