STEVENS POINT — Local organizations are offering community members the chance to discuss the impact of a transgender Ohio teen’s recent suicide.
The Stevens Point Area Senior High School’s
Gay-Straight Alliance is partnering with the Central Wisconsin Pride
Resource Network to sponsor a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Leelah
Alcorn, whose Dec. 28 death after being hit by a semi-trailer was ruled
a suicide. She left a post on her Tumblr account in which she said that
she was unhappy with her life and that she wanted her death to mean
something and be counted among the other transgender suicides that year.
Adviser Denny Rosenthal said the group wanted to host the vigil to
offer people a place where they can discuss the impacts this suicide has
on people, as the issue can hit home in Wisconsin even though it took
place in Ohio.
“It’s very heartbreaking for all of us when we hear
about something like this,” she said. “The kids are very close to this
situation, so they wanted to do something in remembrance of her.”
said SPASH has several transgender students and that a lack of support
during a transgender transition can make the situation even harder for
“It’s not an easy transition for these kids,
especially at that age,” she said. “When you don’t have support, it
makes it even more difficult, and that’s what we want to get out in this
Rosenthal said she is also organizing a 5K walk/run for April to raise funds for a transgender organization.
Anyone with questions can contact Rosenthal for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.