I am on record as calling LGBT youth being raised by Christian fundamentalist parents a form of child abuse. The heartbreaking suicide of 17 year old Leelah Alcorn over the weekend underscores this reality. Leelah, who born male in a moving suicide note blamed her Christian parents for her decision to end her tortured life. Rather than accept her or get her the legitimate therapy she needed, her parents forced her to see "Christian therapists" who shamed her and relied on the supposed teachings of the Bible, that book responsible for so much bloodshed and misery over the centuries, to try to force her to reject what she knew was her true self. In my view, her parents (and the "Christian therapists") should be indicted, tried and convicted of felony child abuse. Leelah's sad story underscores why "ex-gay" therapy needs to be banned nationwide and quacks parading as "Christian therapists" need to be put out of business. The Daily Mail looks at this sad story. Here are excerpts:
A transgender teenager who committed suicide by walking in front of a tractor trailer in Ohio left a heartbreaking letter in which she blamed her religious parents.Leelah Alcorn, 17, died in the early hours of Sunday on highway I-71 in Warren County, Ohio, a few miles from her family home.The high school student left a poignant suicide note accusing her devout Christian parents of refusing to acknowledge her gender and forbidding her from transitioning.