Target: Gina Miller, editor at BarbWire.com
Goal: Apologize for and redact offensive remarks about transgender teen who committed suicide
An editor for a fringe Christian conservative website recently made a number of remarks about Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who tragically committed suicide because of the abuse she faced for her identity. As one would have guessed, the editor’s commentary was wildly offensive. Demand that the editor in question immediately apologize for and redact her remarks.
Gina Miller, a content editor and columnist for the Christian conservative commentary website BarbWire.com, recently published an opinion piece regarding the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn. For some reason Miller thought her view on the tragedy was valuable, and used it as a platform from which to spew tired “Homosexual Agenda” talking points from the Christian fringe and disparage Leelah herself. Miller consistently misgendered Leelah, calling her a “he,” shifted the blame for her suicide away from her conservative parents and their abuse and onto Leelah herself, calling her selfish, mentally ill, and brainwashed by the “radical homosexual movement,” and implied that she deserved it because she was “in open rebellion against God’s design for human sexuality.”
These words are incredibly hurtful and offensive to Leelah’s memory and the transgender community as a whole, and indicative of the culture that drove Leelah to suicide in the first place. Sign the petition below to demand that Miller apologize for her remarks and redact them at once.
Dear Ms. Miller,
I am writing you today about a column you recently published on BarbWire.com. Specifically, I am referencing your writing on Leelah Alcorn, titled “Teen’s Suicide Shows Tragic Folly of the Transgender Delusion.” Your piece and the views it stems from are wildly offensive.
The fact that you consistently misgendered Leelah by calling her a boy is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what made your column problematic. Your contention that there is a war going on between the forces of good, represented by you and people who share your views on non-hetero orientations and non-cis gender identities, and the forces of evil, represented by homosexual and transgender communities, carries with it the implication that Leelah “had it coming.” The fact that you argue that she was possessed by demons that made her commit suicide does not change the fact that you are stating that Leelah deserved to die for her gender. You should be able to recognize that such a statement is completely out of line.
I understand that you do not have any sympathy for Leelah or other transgender teens and adults who are harmed by violence and driven to suicide with frightening regularity, but I do appeal to you on the grounds of Leelah’s memory to apologize for your remarks and redact them immediately. However you cut it, they were incredibly inappropriate.
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