Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old girl, committed suicide this past weekend. She left a suicide note in her Tumblr queue, which automatically published after she committed suicide. In her note, she detailed her struggle as a young transgender girl living with conservative Christian parents. She writes, “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 [sic].” She then goes on to urge “My death needs to mean something…fix society. Please.” In the aftermath of the collective sadness and rage of her death, the hashtag #RealLifeTransAdult emerged. The hashtag seeks to provide solace to trans people and to show them that there are indeed, successful and happy trans adults. Here are some of the tweets:
Tweet zero for this movement came from comedian and Twitter user Red Durkin(@RedIsDead), of Oakland California, who tweeted on December 30th at 9:18am:
If you are a transgender youth, you can call the Trans Lifeline at the U.S. number 877-565-8860. If you are from Canada, you can call Trans Lifeline at 877-330-6366. The Trans Lifeline is staffed exclusively by trans-identified people, and they “welcome the call of any transgender person in need.” If you are a young LGBTQA+ person who is in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386. If you can’t speak safely, find more about Texting and Chat options by clicking here.