“When I was 14, I learned what transgender meant and cried of happiness. After 10 years of confusion I finally understood who I was. I immediately told my mom, and she reacted extremely negatively, telling me that it was a phase, that I would never truly be a girl, that God doesn’t make mistakes, that I am wrong. If you are reading this, parents, please don’t tell this to your kids. Even if you are Christian or are against transgender people don’t ever say that to someone, especially your kid. That won’t do anything but make them hate them self. That’s exactly what it did to me.” Leelah Alcorn was made to feel uncomfortable with her gender by her family and the religious community to which they belong. On December 29, 2014, she took her life, stating in her note, ‘I am never going to be happy.”
Leelah was 17 years old.
#Sticks&Stones is part of a larger body of work, #ArttoEndViolence, the titular piece winning an Award of Excellence at the California State Fair, 2015. #Sticks&Stones is a four piece set, watercolor, wax and ink depicting the murders and suicides of LGBT Americans.