The film “Leelah’s Highway” focuses on a trans youth, Leelah Alcorn. Isolated by her parents in their basement and forced to go through six months of conversion therapy, Leelah took her life on the highway near her house in Kings Mills, Ohio. She was 17.
This 24-minute documentary was filmed over a two-year period in Kings Mills and Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Washington, DC. It will be shown at Heritage UU Church on Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Heritage Room.
“Leelah’s Highway” includes interviews with: Leelah‘s best friend, Abby Davis; the organizer of the highway memorial in her honor, Chris Fortin; trans counsellor Jonah Yokoyama; Bobbie Jo Justice of the Trans Lifeline; Cincinnati Councilor Chris Seelbach; and Leelah’s next door neighbors, the Davis family.
After the film, please plan to stay for discussion and involvement in a survey. If you have questions, see Rae Jane Araujo or Tracey DuEst.