Remembering Leelah Alcorn – Reflection and Commentary by Rachel Wolff

Her name was Leelah
Remembering Leelah Alcorn

– A young woman

1997 – 2014


We need love: We need liberty: Everyone has the right to know and express their Self.

We are explorers and we should explore the universe to see what is ‘out there’ and Leelah had the right to express her own mind and her own heart. She had the right to be happy… know contentment.  Leelah had a mind, a body and a spirit that was distinctively her own. She came into this world as an equal and had the right to go out of it as an equal… She was born free – in all rights and liberties.

Mrs. Alcorn; I won’t give her the title of mother; she lost the right to the title by denying Leelah the right to know love fully and be fully loved in return.  Leelah had the right to be seen and heard as she was becoming – a lovely young woman.

Mrs. Alcorn dishonored the trust that was hers; … Ms. Alcorn denied Leelah dignity and respect and also violated her right to be seen, to be heard – truly heard and understood – and loved as a healthy and vibrant young woman.

By clinging to her corrupt and biased religious view Mrs. Alcorn offered Leelah as a sacrifice to her own concept of God: Mrs. Alcorn had no right to try to interfere in Leelah’s knowledge of her mental health and inner well-being. This woman should never have denied this child; Leelah knew herself better than anyone – she had the innate knowledge of herself that was not derived from or dependent on an external authority. 

Leelah had the right to know and be known- to see and be seen – to understand and to be understood. She had the right know unconditional love… and the right to pursue her own happiness.  And Mrs. Alcorn by denying Leelah the fullness of love; denying her the basic rights to happiness; by denying her rights to liberty Leelah died long before she stepped in front of the truck.  

“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man…”~ Polonius

Now, forever at rest; Leelah, your life was not lived in vain – your life work is done and I hold this as a Truth – your struggle to express the woman you were meant be will be remembered by many.

Yes Leelah, I remember your struggle to become a healthy vibrant young woman. I remember – You!

Rachel Wolff

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I’m sure that TRANSRemembeRED will interest you. 

An online event hosted by The Give ’em Hope Campaign to show solidarity for our transgender brothers and sisters whose lives have been cut short through violence or suicide. 

Wearing something RED, share a selfie, holding the hashtags

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (, personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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