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Bullied transgender teen dies in apparent suicide

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Taylor Alesana
Family members confirmed that 16-year-old Taylor Alesana, who spoke on YouTube about being bullied at high school, took her life on April 2. [...]

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Young N.C. transgender activist Blake Brockington dies of suicide

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Blake Brockington
Friends and community members on Tuesday mourned the passing of a Charlotte, N.C., transgender youth activist, Blake Brockington, who died as the result of suicide overnight. [...]

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My boyfriend killed himself because his family couldn’t accept that he was gay

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Nazim Mahmood and Matthew Ogston in Iceland in 2008.
In their first week in the flat, the two men stood on the balcony as London glittered in front of them. Matthew looked at Nazim and said, “Darling, I think we’ve finally made it.”
(The Guardian) [...]

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North Carolina mom believes bullying led to transgender teen’s suicide

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ash Haffner
Local LGBT community leaders in Charlotte, N.C., are responding with messages of support and encouragement, following the death Thursday of a transgender student. Ash Haffner, 16, died by suicide on Thursday. [...]

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Transgender teen cites family bullying in suicide note: #HisNameWasZander

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Zander Mahaffey
Another transgender teen has taken his own life, leaving behind a suicide note describing sexual trauma and alleged bullying by family members. [...]

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

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

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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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Laverne Cox responds to the death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Laverne-Cox
Guest hosting on ABC's "The View" on Thursday, transgender actress Laverne Cox responds to the death of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender teen who died by suicide just days after Christmas. [...]

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

Friday, January 2, 2015
Leelah Alcorn
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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