A name her parents refused to recognize is now immortalized on a highway sign.
You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.
The death of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl who committed suicide last year just outside of Cincinnati, hit many people hard. Her death, and the heartfelt message she left just before it,made international news headlines as an example of what happens when schools, families and communities don’t do enough to combat transphobia. Chris Fortin was one of the millions of people who were touched by the story, and this month he decided to take it upon himself to name a section of the highway on which Alcorn died in her honour.
Fortin is a 33-year-old gay man who runs a small translation company from his home near Cincinnati. For him, Alcorn’s story was deeply personal: They had both attended nearby Kings High School, albeit more than a decade…
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