(The Independent) A gay rights activist has said that the parents of Leelah Alcorn should be prosecuted, after the transgender teenager took her own life.

The 17-year-old, from Ohio, walked in front of an oncoming truck and was crushed to death on Sunday morning.

She left behind a suicide note on her Tumblr blog, in which she said she had been forced by her devout Christian parents to undergo conversion therapy, which seeks to change sexual orientation through counselling. The practice has been banned in two states on grounds it is medically unfounded and puts children in danger.

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