An Open Letter to the Columbus Blue Jackets Re: Leelah Alcorn

Blue Jackets,
You may or may not be aware of the suicide of Ohio transgender teen Leelah Alcorn (birth name Joshua Ryan Alcorn). Leelah Alcorn killed herself because of her unsupportive parents (who enrolled her in religiously biased “therapy”) and because of the poor treatment of transgender individuals in society.

As you also may or may not be aware, the state of Ohio does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gender identity (although several municipalities have enacted local laws).

As you are aware, because you e-mailed it to me in 2012, the Blue Jackets do not train their security staff (as of 2012) to handle incidents containing bias towards sexual orientation or gender identity, thus contributing to a negative atmosphere in society towards LGBT individuals and transgender individuals in particular.

Sports teams, through their large and diverse followings, have a tremendous ability to enact and contribute to a positive change in the world. On behalf of Leelah Alcorn, and transgender hockey fans everywhere, would the Blue Jackets be willing to contribute to that change by partnering with a trans advocacy group?

Sincerely,

Alexander S. Bauer

 

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