Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender teenager from Ohio, took her own life last Sunday. She walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to death. Leelah left behind a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, in which she said she had been forced by her devout Christian parents to undergo conversion therapy, which seeks to change sexual orientation through counseling. The practice has been banned in two states on grounds that it is medically unfounded and puts children in danger.
As a result, Leelah's parents have been subjected to a torrent of abuse on social media. Today the Independent is reporting that gay rights activist Dan Savage has taken to Twitter, saying that Leelah's parents of should be prosecuted.
In her final letter, Alcorn, born with the name Joshua, said her parents had reacted "extremely negatively" when she told them she was transgender, causing her to develop a "f**k you" attitude towards them.
On Twitter, Savage suggested that an example should be made of Leelah's Alcorn's parents.