Leelah Alcorn's mother tells her side of transgender daughter's story to CNN

'I loved my son,' Carla Alcorn says

Editor's note: WCPO does not customarily report suicides. However, we do report on suicides when there are extenuating circumstances.

KINGS MILL, Ohio -  When a Kings High School student told his parents he wanted to live as a girl, that he felt trapped in his boy body, his parents said they wouldn't stand for that.

"We don't support that, religiously," Leelah Alcorn's mother told CNN Wednesday. "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."

Carla Alcorn made her first public comments to CNN since her transgender daughter Leelah committed suicide. The teenager's death has ignited intensely emotional reactions across social media.

Leelah's mother defended herself against Leelah's accusations in her suicide note that her parents refused to accept her and turned their backs on her, increasing the despair she felt before taking her own life last weekend.

Earlier this week, Alcorn's mother first acknowledged to WCPO reporter Jason Law that Leelah was her child.

In her interview with CNN, Carla Alcorn referred to Leelah as her son and used male pronouns.

Carla Alcorn told CNN that her child was depressed and that counselors and a psychiatrist gave the teenager medication.

"He just quit talking about it (being transgender)," she said.

She also said:

> She is worried that hateful messages toward her and her husband are making them out to be "horrible people."

> There has not been a service for Leelah because people have threatened to protest.

> Her other children are incredibly sad about losing a sibling.

> Her child, born as Josh, came to her only once to say he was transgender.

Carla Alcorn said the first time she heard the name Leelah was on the suicide note.

"He never said that name before," she told CNN.

READ the full CNN story.

Leelah's blog post said she experienced isolation and depression once she identified herself as transgender at the age of 14. She said she was frustrated because she did not believe her parents supported who she was.

The teen expressed dismay when her parents would not sign off on medical procedures to transition physically into a woman starting at the age of 16. She also wrote in the blog entry that her parents did not provide the type of therapy she needed and that she began acting out in school.

According to the blog post, Leelah's parents took away her cell phone and Internet and pulled her from Kings Local Schools.

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