The GLBT Community is currently waging a campaign of harassment against the parents of a child who committed suicide. In support of this campaign, the GLBT Community is pointing the a suicide note posted on the victim’s Tumblr blog, which asserts that the parents are to blame for the suicide. Because Leelah Alcorn is now dead, the suicide note is accepted as gospel truth.
There is no basis for accepting the suicide note as “truth.” The fact that a person commits suicide does not make them more credible or convert their words into gospel to be cherished by adoring throngs. This canonization of a person who commits suicide is precisely why responsible news outlets do not publish suicide notes. However, if we are going to take as truth and not question anything a person who commits suicide writes, here are some other things Alcorn wrote:
All of this to say, the truth of any given situation is more complex than made out on social media. It is simplistic to assume you have a complete picture of a person based on a suicide note written in the throes of depression.