There will be a candlelight vigil tonight in memory of Leelah Alcorn, whose death has sparked a national conversation about suicide and support for transgender teenagers.
Seventeen-year-old Leelah Alcorn of Cincinnati, Ohio died on Dec. 28 after she was hit by a tractor trailer. Previous to her death, she posted a suicide note online detailing her coming out and struggle with gender identity.
Tonight’s vigil, called “Stand Up for Leelah,” will run from 7 – 7:30 p.m. at Lake Eola. Participants will meet near the playground and restrooms on the Eola Drive side of the park.
“Unfortunately, Leelah is only one of many transgender people that feel they do not receive the love, acceptance and support they need,” said Meg Tullos, who is organizing the vigil. “I hope by having this event we can show those in our local community struggling with these issues that they are not alone.”
The Orlando vigil will be happening at the same time as vigils all over the country.