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Leelah Alcorn

Transgender people are sharing stories of hope following teenager's tragic death

Seventeen-year-old Leelah Alcorn died after being hit by a tractor-trailer in the early hours of Sunday morning.

THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY has been paying tribute to Leelah Alcorn from Ohio, a transgender teenager who tragically died last weekend.

According to The Independent UK, Alcorn was killed after being hit by a tractor-trailer in the early hours of Sunday morning. She was just 17 years of age.

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After a blog post that was scheduled to be published in the hours after her death went viral, Twitter has risen up in support of Alcorn and young transgender people in general.

Others in the trans community have started the hashtag #RealLiveTransAdult to share their own stories, and remind younger trans people that ‘it gets better’.

In Ireland, people are encouraging those affected by Alcorn’s death to donate to the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).

Anyone who has been affected by this news in Ireland can contact the following for help and support:

  • Gay + Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) – 1890 929 539 or
  • Pieta House - 01 601 0000 or email (suicide, self-harm, bereavement)
  • Console - 1800 247 247 (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)
  • Teen-Line Ireland – 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • TENI – 01 873 3575 (between 9am – 5.30pm) or email
  • The Samaritans - 116 123; 24 hours a day or email
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