Ohio group adopts road in memory of transgender teen

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation has erected signs indicating that a group has adopted a stretch of highway in southwestern Ohio in memory of a transgender teenager who killed herself there nearly a year ago.

The State Highway Patrol says say 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn left a handwritten note on her bed – “I’ve had enough” – and did an online search about runaway assistance and a Tumblr search for the word suicide before walking into the path of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 in suburban Cincinnati in late December.

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Death of transgender teen who ‘had enough’ deemed suicide

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The death of a troubled transgender teenager who begged people to fix society before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer on a highway has been deemed a suicide, and the investigation into it has been closed, the State Highway Patrol said.

Leelah Alcorn, who was 17, walked into the path of the tractor-trailer in the wee hours of Dec. 28. She had left a handwritten note on her bed, “I’ve had enough,” and had done an online search about runaway assistance and a Tumblr search for the word “suicide” before walking onto Interstate 71 in suburban Cincinnati, according to a patrol report released April 29.

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Obama calls for an end to ‘conversion therapy’

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Washington (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.

The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy.

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Transgender homecoming king takes his own life

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Blake Brockington, a transgender activist, died of an apparent suicide on March 23 in Charlotte where he was a freshman at the University of North Carolina.

Brockington received public attention last year when he became the first openly transgender homecoming king in the nation at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte.

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Transgender teen death sparks national attention

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Kings Mill, Ohio – The recent death of an Ohio transgender teenager has drawn reaction and focus about the growing issue of suicide among transgender young adults.

Seventeen-year-old Leelah Alcorn of Cincinnati, Ohio died on Dec. 28 after she was hit by a tractor trailer. The real concern is a post that appeared on Alcorn’s Tumblr account the next day at about 5:30 p.m. The post, written by Alcorn and scheduled to post the day after her death, detailed her coming out as gay and struggle with gender identity.

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