The mother of Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who committed suicide Sunday, says even though she can’t accept her child’s identity, she still loved her.
Although Leelah identified as female and said she talked to her parents about gender reassignment surgery, her mother, Carla Alcorn, referred to Leelah as male and by her given name, Josh, during an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
“We don’t support that, religiously,” Alcorn’s mother said. “But we told him that we loved him unconditionally. We loved him no matter what. I loved my son. People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy.”
Alcorn also said her son was depressed and on medication and that “he just quit talking about [being transgender].”
Leelah stepped in front of a tractor-trailer and was killed Sunday, and a suicide note appeared posthumously on Tumblr.
“Please don’t be sad, it’s for the better,” Leelah wrote. “The life I would’ve lived isn’t worth living in … because I’m transgender.”
“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,” Leelah wrote.
Carla Alcorn told CNN that Leelah only talked to her once about being transgender and she had never heard her call herself Leelah.
Alcorn also said that she and her husband were made out to be “horrible people” by the outcry online. She added that she has other children and they are incredibly sad about losing a sibling.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating the case, and no charges have been filed yet.