Painting – Leelah Alcorn. . .Rest in Power

Marius Mason's painting of trans teen suicide victim Leelah Acorn

This painting was done as a memorial for Leelah Acorn, a trans teen who killed herself in Cincinnati by stepping in front of a truck. She was so despondent that she could not get her family’s support and despaired that she’d ever be able to become the person she felt herself to be. I think the conversion therapy that her folks put her in (they’re fundamentalist Christian and still refer to her as “Josh”) really made her hate herself and lose hope. I hurt so much with her and mourn her loss.

Important: Some of Marius’ Mail is Being Returned

We’ve received word from Marius that he is “a bit worried about some weird stuff with my mail.” He has been getting several pieces of mail from various folks returned to him.

For anyone who corresponds with him and has changed addresses recently,  please make a point to let Marius know or set up mail forwarding.

Specifically, to Bird, who sent him Feminism is for Everyone by bell hooks. He says, “It was a great book and I appreciated it (had read it a long time ago, but good to re-read) and had look forward to being in contact again.”

Also, if you have been expecting a response from Marius and haven’t received it, contact us at

Marius’ mother, Karin H Mason, has passed away

Karin Mason 10-14

Karin Hildegard Mason, age 76 of Canadian Lakes passed away December 3, 2014 at her home with family by her side. Karin was born May 4, 1938 in Stuttgart, Germany, the daughter of Karl and Gertrude (Kunberger) Schmauder. She was an amazing Mother, a dedicated teacher because of her love for children and she would say, “love and honor those around us and admire the beauty in life”. A smile was always on her face and she was so much fun to be around. She inherited her adventurous spirit from her parents and just simply loved life!

Those left to cherish her memory are her son an daughter, Marius Mason and Germaine Anne (Stephen) Finley; one sister Gisela (Gerhard) Klumbach; four grandchildren, Andrei Stephens, Arianna Staiger, Stephanie Finley and Matthew Finley.