Recently, a heartbreaking story made national news. In what first seemed like an accident, an Ohioan 17-year-old, Leelah Alcorn, was walking along the highway when she was struck by a tractor-trailer. It wasn't until an automated posting from her Tumblr that was written earlier that day was seen—it told a different story.
“Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better. The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in…because I’m transgender…” Leelah, who was born Josh, had written. Leah went on to talk about her parent’s negative reaction and refusal to accept her as a female.
Transgender children, as well as adults, are often the target of bullying, harassment and discrimination.
According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 41% of people who are transgender have attempted suicide at some time in their life—nearly nine times the national average. Having family, friends and teachers that are supportive and accepting can make a huge difference.
If you or a family member are experiencing severe bullying and harassment, give our personal injury lawyers a call. Our office has been a strong proponent and recognized in the media for our fight against bullying of any kind.
Call today for a free consultation—even if you don’t have a legal case, we can provide some legal advice on how to help curb the harassment or collect evidence for a future legal action if it doesn’t end.