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Leelah Alcorn teen suicide puts spotlight on transgender discussion

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Blog criticized parents for intolerance... KINGS MILL, OHIO — While family and friends are grieving the loss of a local teen, an online firestorm of criticism and debate centering on beliefs and gender identity is spreading across the country. Authorities released the name of Joshua Alcorn. Ohio Highway Patrol officials said they believe the teenager might have committed suicide by getting in front of a tractor-trailer Sunday on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Warren County and died. “My sweet 16-year-old son, Joshua Ryan Alcorn went home to heaven this morning. He was out for an early morning walk and was hit by a truck. Thank you for the messages and kindness and concern you have sent our way. Please continue to keep us in your prayers,” wrote his mother, Carla Alcorn, on Facebook Sunday afternoon. Joshua identifies herself as Leelah. Joshua’s mother acknowledged to WCPO reporter Jason Law that Leelah was her child. Leelah's blog post describes experiencing isolation and depression once she identified herself as transgender at the age of 14. She detailed frustration because she did not believe her parents supported who she was. The teen expressed strong dismay when they would not sign off on medical procedures to transition physically into a woman starting at the age of 16. She also wrote in the blog entry that her parents did not provide the type of therapy she needed and that she began acting out in school. Ultimately, according to the blog post, Leelah's parents pulled her from Kings Local Schools. Full story at WCPO.com: http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/warren-county/leelah-alcorn-suicide-note-sparks-transgender-discussion ﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊﹊ WCPO - 9 On Your Side brings you the latest trusted news and information for the greater Cincinnati Tri-State area, including Northern Kentucky and Indiana. WCPO Channel 9 News brings you breaking news alerts, weather, traffic, streaming video and in-depth coverage of topics important to you and your community. For more download the WCPO mobile app: iPhone: http://bit.ly/wcpo-ios Android: http://bit.ly/wcpo-android