A new month-long trans-positive game jam is currently underway and accepting submissions for games focusing on trans youth issues, in order to spread awareness of the issues faced by transgender people in modern society.
#JamForLeelah was organised by Matthew Boucher and Kara Jayne , in response to the recent suicide of Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender girl who struggled with her gender identity – especially when it came to her parents, who reacted in an extremely negative way to Leelah’s coming out by refusing to accept her regarding her gender, making her attend therapy sessions with Christian therapists, and placing heavy restrictions on her life; feeling as though she would never be able to get the life she wanted, Leelah took her own life, leaving behind a suicide note on her Tumblr with a final message that the Jam organisers have taken to heart:
“The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s f***ed up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please.”