By Rev. David Weekly, Orginally posted at Believe Out Loud
“We don’t support that, religiously.”- Carla Alcorn (remark from an interview following the suicide death of her seventeen-year-old transgender daughter)
People sometimes ask me why I “came out” as a transgender man and United Methodist clergy. There is more than one answer, but today the quote above from the mother of a seventeen-year-old transgender daughter who committed suicide December 28, 2014, is more than reason enough.
As a transgender man, a member of the clergy, and a native of Ohio this tragic story rips at my heart and soul.
While generations apart, Leelah and I share much, sometimes too much, in common. Forty-five years ago I frequently travelled the same section of interstate 71 in Ohio on my motorcycle where Leelah Alcorn ended her life. As I read Leelah’s story I recognized what we share most in common is that too little has changed.