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Ohio group plans permanent memorial for transgender teen

This photo was posted on Leelah's tumblr. This photo was posted on Leelah's tumblr.
People who donate $25 or more will receive a free t-shirt. (PHOTO: http://marriageequalityohio.org/) People who donate $25 or more will receive a free t-shirt. (PHOTO: http://marriageequalityohio.org/)
WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

An Ohio group plans to erect a memorial in honor of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old from Warren County whose suicide sparked an international transgender discussion.

Marriage Equality Ohio says $1,000 is needed to fund a bench, tree and plaque that will serve as a memorial for the transgender girl.

The memorial fund comes after 90,000 people supported a change.org petition calling for Alcorn's family to use her chosen name, rather than her birth name Joshua, on her headstone.

“Since this seems like a slim possibility, we are going to give Leelah Alcorn her own memorial where she will never be forgotten,” said Adam Hoover of Marriage Equality Ohio.

Alcorn was struck and killed while walking on I-71 the morning of Dec. 28. News of her death spread worldwide after it was revealed that she kept a blog detailing her experience as a transgender teen. The blog, which has since been removed from Tumblr, also contained her suicide note.

A location for the memorial has not been finalized but Hoover says it will most likely be near Kings High School, where Alcorn was a student.

“Somewhere she can be remembered but something that's in our local community so that friends, family, neighbors, people that knew Leelah Alcorn or people that didn't can come out and actually be able to remember her,” said Hoover.

Related: Hundreds gather to remember Leelah Alcorn

Marriage Equality Ohio is a Harrison based organization supporting equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community. They're taking donations through gofundme.com

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