Saturday, January 17, 2015

Leelah Alcorn Stuff

What I did when I read Leelah Alcorn's Suicide Note:
Trans and Proud
 I changed my AW Avatar to the Trans Magneto Above.  I raged there in the Politics & Current Events Forum there:

I wrote a letter to the Warren Co Prosecutor's Office:
Open Letter to Warren Co Prosecutor's Office

David Fornshell
Warren County Prosecutor’s Office
500 Justice Drive
Lebanon, OH 45036

Re: Investigation into Criminal Negligence on the Part of Doug and Carla Alcorn in the Death of Leelah Alcorn

Mr Fornshell:

My name is Diana Hignutt, and I am writing you to urge you to investigate the death of Leelah Alcorn, specifically the withholding of necessary medical treatment by her parents that appears to have led directly to Miss Alcorn’s untimely death. I am not a resident of Warren County, or of Ohio, but I am a concerned trans woman and as such a feel a strong kinship towards the victim and compelling interest in contacting you.

It is not uncommon for parents to withhold necessary treatment to their children for religious reasons; it also not uncommon for prosecutors to investigate deaths that may result and if sufficient evidence exists to move for indictment in such cases. And while religious exemptions are often cited as a defense, they are usually not successful. See Ohio Rev Code 2919.22(A). [This religious exemption clause was held unconstitutional in State v Miskimens, 22 Ohio Misc. 2d 43, 49O NE.2d 931 (Ohio Com Pl, 1984).

It is no secret that trans children are at a high risk of suicide if proper treatment is not obtained. Last year a report by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Williams Institute reveal that 46% of trans men and 42% of trans women attempted suicide once or more in their lives. With this very real danger lurking, it seems criminal to withhold care in such cases. There exists very specific and accepted practices and standards of care for treating Gender Identity Disorder, and to withhold such treatment seems criminal, and to force so-called “transgender conversion therapy” seems like inflicting torture on an already tortured soul. Religious considerations of parents amount to little more than transphobia or denial in such cases. How many more trans children have to die before justice can be served?

With these issues in mind, I direct you to the suicide note left online by Leelah Alcorn:

Therefore, I urge you to investigate the circumstances that led to Leelah Alcorn’s suicide to determine if any legal culpability on the part of Doug and Carla Alcorn exists and should be pursued by your office.

Thank you for your consideration and attention in this matter.

Very truly yours,

Diana Hignutt 
NOTE TO BLOG READERS:  The original suicide note along with the rest of Leelah Alcorn's tumblr blog was taken down by her parents, in their continuing efforts to erase their trans daughter from existence.   You can read it here:
I signed the Petition to Enact Leelah's Law:
Also please consider signing the petition to pass Leelah's Law on banning transgender conversion therapy:

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