I love to be individual, to step beyond gender. — Annie Lennox

The suicide of Joshua Alcorn on December 28, 2014 marked the tragic end of his young life. He was sixteen years old. His suicide has attracted world wild attention as he published a suicide note on Tumblr in which he related the stress of suffering gender dysphoria (he felt he was a girl living in a boy’s body). This stress was too much for him to bear so he opted for suicide. He adopted the name Leelah in his suicide note. He leaves behind his grieving parents, younger siblings and the rest of those who knew and loved him. Details are emerging as to the stress he endured and a degree of dysfunction in his family. He came from Christian family; his parents (Doug and Carla Alcorn) did not understand what he was experiencing and essentially told him to “pray it away.” He said in his suicide note that his parents sent him to conversion therapy for treatment. Compounding this tragedy is the lynch mob mentality that has taken hold. Doug and Carla Alcorn are experiencing harassment, even a call from activist Dan Savage that they face prosecution.

Is this warranted?

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  • moraywatson

    Yeah Annie, I’d love to step beyond gender too, but they aren’t going to let me use the women’s showers at the health club any time soon.

    • Wrong you are Moray! This is progressive Ontario! You are allowed to use any facility you wish just by self-declaring your gender of choice for the moment!

      • moraywatson

        In Ontario you can pretend to be anything you want unless you are a cis gendered normative white heterosexual male. If you are one of those, and pretend to be anything else, you will be accused of using your white privilege to appropriate someone else’s culture in a micro-aggressive colonialist fashion. In case you are otherwise not just another garden variety bigot, you can be assured you are one or more of a: sexist, racist, homophobe or islamaphobe.

        Ontario. Yours to discover. Unless you are anti-totalitarian.

  • Pete_Brewster

    They still do not understand the pain he experienced? What pain? No stronger than that of a two-year-old who bawls when he can’t have something he wants.

    Joshua was a teenage narcissist with no problems that weren’t self-inflicted or all in his head. If anything he had far more forgiving parents than he deserved (his mother is convinced still that he “went home to heaven”). All they got for their pains was “fuck you.”

    Teenagers unable or unwilling to deal with the petty frustrations of adolescence kill themselves daily. Had Joshua not been a self-declared tranny his death would have been a nine-day wonder even in his home town. Someone decided Joshua’s suicide was the perfect way to help repair the damage done by the UVA and Dunham debacles to the narrative, where working-class heterosexual white Christians are the authors of all evil.

    Pray for Mr. and Mrs. Alcorn in their time of trial. Pray too that the delights both enjoy in the next world will include the sight of their tormentors on the Internet and in the MSM burning alongside their ungrateful, good-for-nothing son.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s really just bad parenting and parental abuse of the same variety as any other. The gender issues aren’t particularly illuminating. They were just absurdly bad parents. Because, really, when your kid kills himself it probably IS mostly your fault.

    • Tom Forsythe

      If physical differences in the brain can cause someone to believe that they are trapped in the wrong body, is it so hard to believe that physical differences in the brain can make a person more likely to commit suicide?

      • Hard Little Machine

        Physiology can account for all SORTS of behavioral problems. Your job as a parent is to figure it out and try to make them thrive not kill themselves. Well, that’s MY job at any rate. I don’t know about you.

        • Tom Forsythe

          The transgender argument is that he was born that way. His brain is just different, and it has nothing to do with his environment. But when trans people kill themselves at an alarming rate, all the trans movement wants to talk about is environment, without considering the possibility that whatever is different about their psychology that makes them want to change their body parts might also predispose them to suicide.

          Now, if your objective was to keep them alive, rather than score cheap political points, you would be very interested in whether suicidal ideation is inherent or environmental. Since it is clear that you have no interest in that topic, it is pretty clear to me which camp you fall into.

          • Hard Little Machine

            People aren’t dogs, at least not in my world.

          • Tom Forsythe

            And yet, you manage to be a son of a bitch.

          • Hard Little Machine

            Because I hold parents responsible for these outcomes? Dear me maybe we need a Federal program where children are snatched from birth and raised by the state, which of course knows better.

          • Tom Forsythe

            Then your parents have to answer for creating a mean-spirited little twerp.

          • Hard Little Machine

            Boo hoo. Go whine to Obama maybe he can create a federal program

          • Tom Forsythe

            That makes no sense at all.

    • AmicusC

      How old does your kid have to be to have it stop being the parents fault? When a recently divorced male kills himself is that still the parents fault? Why is it the parents fault that this kid has easy access via internet to all sorts of bs telling him it’s not a mental priblem. Would you say the same if it’s an anorexic who had access to diet plans to continuously reduced her weight till she died? Since you can’t commit your children anymore and all recent trends are the parents are wrong and the kid is the wrong gender? What do you suggest? And again when is it the kids responsibility

      • Hard Little Machine

        Maybe you’re just an abusive a-hole who psychologically torments your kid because the voices in your head told you to. I don’t know, that’s something for you to evaluate

        • Petrilla

          Or have you ever considered that as a very good parent your own children turn against you? I know because it happened to me. There is no hurt like it in the world.

          • Hard Little Machine

            Boo hoo. Still your job.

        • AmicusC

          Or maybe you shouldn’t be a piece of sh&t parent catering to the bs voices in your kids head. It’s not good parenting to encourage your kid to mutilate their reproductive organs. You sound like you are an f’ing moron. If you kid thinks he should be a dolphin or a dragon should you cater to that too. Give your head a shake you grade a c#unt

          • Hard Little Machine

            Then they should have just drowned she/he pre emptively.

      • Minicapt

        Beginning at age thirteen for boys, when traditionally it was time to take on adult responsibilities, and when childish behaviours needed to be suppressed. However, blaming the parents in the absence of evidence is rather easier to consider.

        Cheers

        • Petrilla

          Blaming parents who have given their children everything is now the cause du jour. Even tho I tried it and was spurned, I tried to show them how to fix it, whatever it was. Now they know nothing about the basic of how to fix the simplest things. They are so university educated, all they know is to call on a REAL guy who makes so much more money than they do to fix it. I seriously did try to get them into the trades. What in the hell else should I have done?

  • Tom Forsythe

    One of the most telling things in this sad young man’s suicide note was his assertion that he wanted his death to “mean something.” By glorifying teen suicides, the left is creating an incentive to become a martyr for the cause.

    Worse, the left has created a narrative under which anyone who opposes sex change operations must HATE transgender people. This undermines parents who are genuinely trying to help their children.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Ultimately, the whole transgender phenomenon destroys the core of feminist doctrine: that gender roles are a social construct.

  • The_Infidel_01

    I do not see what that savage idiot is whinging about, after all in 2014 he was in Australia saying that abortions should be 100% mandatory 100% of the time for the next 40 years. This seems strange to me because, he wanted this kid dead before he was even born, yet now that he decides he is a she which is right up savages alley, now he wants to defend his life? Gee I am getting mixed messages here, shocked…NOT.

    • Minicapt

      Danny the Wee Sauvage really wants someone to spank him hard, but no-one is willing to assuage his deep desires.

      Cheers

  • Petrilla

    Oh dear, perhaps I answered on the wrong place. If so, I am an Annie Lennox fan, xo long as she shuts up and frigging sings, that is what she is paid to do. Sing Annie and shut up your mouth otherwise. Do these singers not know that we pay to hear them sing? SING? Not mouth their political ideas? The most successful ones are the ones that SING. I may not like you and you may not like me, but you are a SINGER, right? So shut up about politics and SING. Your God given right is to SING. So shut up and sing and you will be our Annie Lennox again.

  • Clausewitz

    Shut up and sing…………….