Rest in Peace: Leelah Alcorn – The importance of Acceptance instead of Tolerance

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January 2, 2015 by jayce428

flat,550x550,075,fLeelah Alcorn committed suicide by jumping in front of a semi-truck on a highway on December 29th. She killed herself because her parents didn’t accept her, and were taking her to what is called ‘conversion therapy’.

Conversion therapy for those who don’t know, is therapy usually conducted by religious therapists, used to ‘change sexuality’ from homosexual to heterosexual. The problem with using such a treatment on Leelah was that she wasn’t a homosexual, she was transsexual.

In today’s society we talk about ‘tolerance’, but tolerance is not a permanent solution it’s only temporary.

Tolerance is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

Acceptance in human psychology is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition (often a negative or uncomfortable situation) without attempting to change it, protest, or exit.

Psychology Today

I can tolerate people who are rude and obnoxious but I won’t accept them. The same can be observed some Christian people can tolerate Atheists or Pagans, but they might not accept them or even understand them. Or another example could be: people can tolerate those in the BDSM community, but they’ll still protest and say how sinful it is which is just that tolerance.


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