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Transgender teen Leelah Alcorn’s death stirs action in U.S. and beyond

Sunday, January 25, 2015
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Although many details about her life and tragic end are still unclear, Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender teen from Ohio, has become, within days of her death Dec. 28, the new face of a growing movement of people hungering for acceptance. [...]

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Ky. bill targets transgender students by restricting facilities to biological sex

Monday, January 19, 2015
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The "Kentucky Student Privacy Act," proposed by State Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., would allow parents to sue the school for $2,500 if their child encountered a transgender student in a school restroom. [...]

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Mississippi school district approves policy to discourage gay-straight alliances

Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Superintendent Lynn Weathersby said "there has been a group wanting to form a gay club" and that he had sought guidance about what could be done legally "to limit organizations like that on campus." [...]

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St. Paul school district to begin working on ‘gender inclusion’ policy

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Some of the main provisions call for students to be identified by their preferred names and gender pronouns, and participate in programs and activities that align with their gender identity. [...]

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Hundreds gather in D.C. to speak out on transgender issues following teen’s death

Sunday, January 11, 2015
A memorial to Leelah Alcorn is displayed at a gathering in Washington D.C. on Saturday, January 10, 2015.
More than 300 people gathered in the nation's capital on Saturday raise awareness of issues facing transgender individuals and to honor a 17-year-old transgender teen who took her own life last month. [...]

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Sara Gilbert: ‘It’s more important to let go of the idea that you have a son, than to lose your child’

Friday, January 9, 2015
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On Dec. 29, Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen from Ohio, stepped into the path of an oncoming semi truck on a interstate highway. Today, "The Talk" discusses transgender teen suicide. [...]

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A gay dad’s requiem for Leelah Alcorn, the Matthew Shepard of our time

Friday, January 2, 2015
Hundreds gather in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday, Jan. 2, for a candlelight vigil for Leelah Alcorn.
Matthew Shepard's murder left and indelible impression that has become part of our collective culture to this day. This week, another tragedy, another life destroyed, left a similar impression — the death of Leelah Alcorn. [...]

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Parents of transgender teen who committed suicide: ‘We loved our son’

Friday, January 2, 2015
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The parents of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who identified as female and who committed suicide on Sunday, are speaking out, and in statements ignoring Leelah's gender identity, say they loved their "son." [...]

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Uninformed religious leaders are guilty of causing Leelah Alcorn’s pain, desperation, rejection, and death

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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I place culpability and thus, guilt, on Christian and conservative leaders who, over the past four decades, have constructed an extreme intensity of cultural and religious discrimination against the LGBT community. [...]

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Transgender teen struck and killed on Ohio interstate in apparent suicide

Monday, December 29, 2014
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A previously written suicide note later appeared on the teen's Tumblr blog through scheduled publishing in which Leelah Alcorn describes the pain of being "a girl trapped in a boy’s body" and her Christian parents' refusal to allow her to transition. [...]

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