Although the reaction from my friends was positive, my parents were pissed.
They felt like I was attacking their image, and that I was an embarrassment to them.
Carla and her husband Doug are devout Christians, and have other children, Leelah's siblings, whom Carla says are trying to cope with the family's loss as she also deals with the fact that some think she and her husband are 'horrible people.'She said 'we didn't have the money for anything like that' when asked why they did not allow the teenager to have transition surgery, and citing their daughter's viewing of 'inappropriate' material as the reason for banning her from social media.
Carla says in the interview that she had never even heard her daughter use the name Leelah before, seeing it for the first time when her suicide note was posted on Tumblr after her death, and claims that her daughter had 'quit talking about' being transgender recently, this as she was put on medication to treat depression.