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February 21, 2019 @ 12:20 pm

Leelah Alcorn’s Story


TW: Discussion of suicide.



LGBTQ people often have to deal with rejection, despair, or loneliness. Sometimes that can lead to a particularly dark place. In this episode we look at the story of transgender girl Leelah Alcorn who, after coming out to her religious parents, faced rejection, isolation, and abuse that led her to take her own life at the young age of 17. 

If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re a young LGBTQ person and need to talk to someone, call The Trevor Project’s 24-hour crisis hotline for youth at 1-866-488-7386. If you are a transgender person of any age, call the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.

Other Resources: 

Center Link: The Community of LGBT Centers: YouthLink 

International Associate for Suicide Prevention

It Gets Better Project 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Suicide Risk and Prevention for LGBT Youth 

Soulforce. "The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance."


Human Rights Campaign's article "The Lies & Dangers of Reparative Therapy."

Article about suicide regret. 

Some info on the Inquisition and the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

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The Gender Rebels is a weekly question-and-answer podcast that explores life outside the binary; crossdressing, transgender topics, queer life and anything else that helps break down the gender binary. It's hosted by Faith, a transgender woman in Brooklyn, and her cis female partner Kath. You might also hear a bark or two in the background from our cis dog Rocket. To ask us a question or share a thought emails us at

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