Ray Toro Of My Chemical Romance Dedicates New Song To Memory Of Leelah Alcorn

 My Chemical Romance ray toro Leelah AlcornRay Toro, lead guitarist of My Chemical Romance, dedicated his new solo song to Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old trans girl who committed suicide last week after battling depression and unsupportive parents.

“For The Lost And Brave” was completed a year ago, Toro wrote in a blogpost, and was originally slated to appear on his next solo release.

As I’m sure many of you felt after reading the news of young Leelah Alcorn taking her own life, my heart sank. I felt sick. Yet another young life gone because of not being heard, not being understood, and not being unconditionally loved for who they truly were.

After hearing her story, and reading her final Tumblr post, I finally felt it was time to share this song…

There have been many times that I’ve almost put it out, but have always found a reason to hold it back. But lately there seems to be so much hate and misunderstanding in this world.

It is time we learn to accept each other for who we truly are. Being seen, heard, and truly loved as our authentic selves is something we all want, and something we all deserve.

Listen to “For the Lost and the Brave” below.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.