CINCINNATI, Ohio — A petition to enact a "Leelah's Law" and ban transgender conversion therapy has gathered more than 200,000 virtual signatures in less than 48 hours of its posting to change.org.
The petition, addressed to President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., calls for the president and House leadership to "immediately seek a pathway for banning the practice known as 'transgender conversion therapy.' "
Posted by the Transgender Human Rights Institute, the petition asks for the bill be named in memory of Leelah Alcorn.
On Sunday, Dec. 28, just before 2:30 am, Alcorn walked 4 miles from her home in the Kings Mills, Ohio neighborhood to Interstate 71. There, she was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.
By Tuesday evening, Leelah's story, fueled by the suicide note that she'd scheduled to post on social media, had become a worldwide story — one of how transgender teens often feel alone and afraid. The hashtag #LeelahAlcorn was topping Twitter; news sites worldwide had picked up the story, and someone had even created a Wikipedia page for Alcorn.
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