In December of 2014, a 17-year-old girl named Leelah Alcorn took her own life. Leelah knew she’d never get to be the person she knew she was because her family denied her the medical treatment that she needed to transition. Leelah wanted her death to mean something. She wanted her story to spur others to promote understanding of transgender people. Our organization was inspired by her last wishes.
Our president and founder was impassioned by these words and started a petition in the summer of 2015; shortly after Leelah’s death. This petition begged the public to pass a law in Pennsylvania protecting transgender minors across the state by allowing them to receive puberty blockers without requiring the consent of a parent. The petition got over 380 signatures, but that wasn’t enough to get the government to hear.
Now, nearly four years later, we have an entire team of dedicated LGBTQ community members and allies working toward the same goal. With more people coming together for this cause, we can get ten times as many signatures and then the government will have to listen to us. They’ll understand that this is a need in society that has to be fixed.
“Fix society. Please.”
-Leelah Alcorn, 2014