Moved by the recent death of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, 13-year-old Tom Sosnik of Fresno, California stood before his classmates earlier this month to announce that he is transgender.
“I am no longer ‘Mia.’ I never really was. And now I finally stand before you in my true and authentic gender identity as Tom. I stand before you as a 13-year-old boy.”
Tom also told classmates that if any of them were struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity, he was there for them.
He then added; ‘I went through a series of horrible breakdowns. And I would stand under the water in the shower crying. I knew I wasn’t happy. He also took some time to let other students know if they were struggling with their sexual identity or orientation, he was there for them.
“I want you to know that if no one else accepts you, I always will.”
On the American TV show ‘The Talk’, the panel discussed the tragic topic of trans* teen suicide, which they all handle with much care and passion. However, it was openly gay co-host Sara Gilbert words that touched us the most…
“I would just say to people out there who have different beliefs … just think it’s more important to let go of the idea that you have a son, than to lose your child.”
On the 29th December, Leelah Alcorn was struck and killed by a passing semi-trailer on an Ohio interstate. A suicide note later appeared on her Tumblr blog. The suicide note described how she had felt “like a girl trapped in a boy’s body” since she was four, and how her parents pushed her into conversion therapy and Christian counseling.
The Youth Suicide Prevention Program reports that over 50 percent of transgender youths have attempted to commit suicide at least once before reaching the age of 20.
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