The tragedy of this story is that instead of remorse, the victim's parents are apparently in denial, having initially posted about their child's "accidental" death on Facebook, claiming their son was out for a walk when he was hit by a truck. (In fact, Leelah chose to walk on a highway at night, apparently 2 a.m. or thereabouts, when it was dark out, and she could easily be struck by the big truck that she walked in front of. She also posted a suicide note to her tumblr account, to be published after her death. It's reblogged here, in case her account is deleted, which it surely will be once her family gets hold of things.)
The situation this family has created for itself is worse than awful, and while many are retaliating in anger, no one can truly understand the complexity of their pain. However, the purpose of this post is not to offer them comfort, but rather, to comfort those who may be suffering in the same way Leelah suffered before she chose to end her life, as this was, after all, her dying wish.
If you are an LGBTQ Christian who is oppressed by his/her church, please know there are many brothers and sisters out there who know God's love is for you, too! Don't let narrow-minded Christians who are missing a few key pieces of the faith let you lose yours!
Please don't give up; go get help.
It does get better!!!!