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VIDEO: Transgender teen ‘boldly’ committed suicide, pediatrics professor says

‘Each day, on the way to work, I passed that spot, where this teen boldly ended her life,’ professor said at an academic conference

A doctor and professor of pediatrics at the Heersink School of Medicine, the medical school at the University of Alabama, described a gender-dysphoric adolescent “boldly” committing suicide during a presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference on Saturday.

“A local 16-year-old young lady, Leelah Alcorn, of trans experience, stepped boldly in front of a tractor-trailer ending her life [in 2014],” pediatrician Morissa Ladinsky told a crowd, according to a video posted to Twitter by pediatrician Julia Mason. A suicide note left by Alcorn said the teen wanted the death to “mean something” for transgender individuals, according to ABC News.

“Each day, on the way to work, I passed that spot, where this teen boldly ended her life, pleading,” Ladinsky continued in the video.

‘Here’s my iPhone video of Dr. Ladinsky glorifying suicide in a 16 year old,’ pediatrician tweeted. 

“Here’s my iPhone video of Dr. Ladinsky glorifying suicide in a 16 year old,” Mason tweeted. “In case you were thinking I misunderstood.”

“As pediatricians, we’ve forgotten what we’ve been taught about childhood development. We’ve forgotten what we’ve been taught about suicide prevention,” Mason wrote on Twitter.

Yesterday I attended an excellent seminar on suicide prevention by @drlisamhorowitz, Mason continued. Dr. Lisa J. Horowitz is a pediatric psychologist.

“She was shocked to hear that professionals are telling parents, in front of their kids, that their child is likely to kill themselves if not affirmed in their gender ideation,” Mason tweeted.

Mason is a clinical advisor for the Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine, “an international group of over 100 clinicians and researchers concerned about the lack of quality evidence for the use of hormonal and surgical interventions as first-line treatment for young people with gender dysphoria,” according to its website.

Ladinsky offered the presentation “Standing up for Gender-Affirming Care,” at the national, annual conference, held in Anaheim, California this year.

“This session will examine successful advocacy strategies opposing state efforts to weaken protections for transgender/gender-diverse youths and that criminalize treatment for these patients, the presentation description stated. “Attendees will learn how to connect to state activities, communicate with lawmakers, balance patients’ needs/wants with the needs/wants of leadership and colleagues, and make a difference for youths and their families.”

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IMAGE: UAB Heersink School of Medicine/YouTube

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