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Ohio Highway Patrol Issues Final Report Regarding Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn’s Suicide

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers have released a final report regarding transgender teen Leelah Alcorn's suicide reports WLWT 5. Troopers say Alcorn died from blunt force trauma after she stepped in the path of a 2006 Freightliner semi-truck on Interstate 75 in Turtlecreek Township in December. Investigators found Alcorn's backpack with her laptop inside at the scene of the crash. Upon examination detectives found searches for suicide prevention and runaway assistance in the computer's search history but found no suicide note in the computer's system.

Troopers also noted that Alcorn's parents found their daughter's handwritten suicide note next to her bed the night before she died. Alcorn's mother originally threw it away but retrieved it at the investigators request. Investigators also uncovered an iChat on Alcorn's computer where she discussed ending her life with her friends:

Alcorn"I had my jacket and clothes and shoes on. My suicide note was queued on Tumblr, and I was ready to jump off the bridge next to my house that goes over I-71, but I decided to call a transgender suicide hotline and I basically cried my eyes out for a couple hours talking to a lady on there.

"This is very important to me, it's not like something that I want to do just because I want to (such as someone wanting to dye their hair) like this is something I have to do. If I don't, I will kill myself. That’s how serious it is. I am so uncomfortable with my body and myself that if I don't do this I wouldn’t be able to help myself but commit suicide."

Alcorn's suicide garnered attention in the media, spurring LGBT activists to create a rallying cry for trans rights. Earlier this month President Obama announced he supports banning LGBT conversion therapy for minors in response to a "We the People," petition drafted by LGBT activists dubbed "Leelah's Law," urging the government to ban the dangerous practice of LGBT conversion therapy.


Diane Von Furstenberg Shares Unusual Tribute to Bruce Jenner on Instagram, Deletes It

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Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg had an unusual reaction to Bruce Jenner's announcement that he is transgender.

Von Furstenberg shared an Instagram photo to her DVF account in which Jenner's head was photoshopped onto an image of herself in one of her famous wrap dresses, Gossip Cop reports:

Interestingly, the photo Furstenberg used to photoshop Jenner’s head on was from a 1974 ad for her clothing line, featuring the tagline, “Feel like a woman –wear a dress.”

The image was deleted but not before other users had duplicated it.

Said Von Furstenberg in the tribute:

"Bruce Jenner… You are the woman you wanted to be ! I salute your strength, courage and honesty. By speaking out, you have spoken for so many who suffer.. … Love Diane." The photo then tagged @kimkardashian and @kendeljenner."

Access Hollywood asked DVF for a comment on the photoshopped image, and she replied with a statement:

"I admire Bruce Jenner's strength, courage and honesty and have so much respect [for] him using his voice to speak for people who have none. I wish him nothing but a lifetime of happiness."


A Mother's Unconditional Love for Her Transgender Son is 90 Seconds of Amazing from Hallmark: VIDEO

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In advance of Mother's Day on Sunday May 10, Hallmark has launched a campaign called #PutYourHeartToPaper, and its 90-second spot featuring Alex and his mother Pam will have you #PutYourEyesToKleenex in as much time.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Transgender Game Developer Commits Suicide After Enduring Persistent Cyberbullying

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A transgender game developer committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington Bridge last Thursday after enduring abuse from online trolls, Vocativ.com reports

Developer Rachel Bryk, who suffered chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, published a comment on a 4chan forum saying that she chose to withdraw from various sites after suffering persistent transphobic comments from fellow users. 

Just days before her death, Bryk wrote several suicide comments with other users mockingly responding to her with comments such as "jumping off a bridge isn’t rocket science," and, "good riddance." Bryk's work on Wii emulators earned her a supportive following online; her followers created memorial posts online in her honor with tributes to her work and prompting discussions of transphobia in online communities after Bryk's death. Bryk’s suicide follows the suicide of Fallbrook, Calif. trans teen Taylor Alesena on April 2 who posted a video to YouTube addressing the transphobia she faced at school.

(Photo via Facebook)


Laverne Cox and Janet Mock React to Bruce Jenner's Coming Out as Trans: VIDEO

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MSNBC commentator and author Janet Mock interviewed transgender icon Laverne Cox at the White House Correspondents' Dinner asking her thoughts about Bruce Jenner’s interview with Diane Sawyer Friday night.

Cox responded that she felt viewers tuned in to see a 'spectacle,' but instead saw a "profoundly nuanced, complicated, beautiful human being."

Although Cox applauded the way ABC conducted the interview, she added that Jenner's story is just 'one story' and that even Cox's visibility didn’t save trans youth like Leelah Alcorn's life and urged for structural and policy change to better trans people's lives.

Watch Cox discuss Jenner’s interview with Mock further, AFTER THE JUMP

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Bruce Jenner's E! Docuseries on Gender Transition Gets Premiere Date

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An eight-part docuseries chronicling Bruce Jenner's gender transition will premiere July 26 on E!, the network has announced.

via The Hollywood Reporter:

The series will be produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping Up with the Kardashians). Jenner will executive produce with Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz of Bunim/Murray Productions.

“Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,” said Jeff Olde, executive vp programming and development at E! “This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”

Missed Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer? You can watch it in full HERE

 

 

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