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.
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