Hilary Swank Sees a 'Long Way to Go' on Transgender Acceptance

Actress won an Oscar for playing murdered transgender teen in "Boys Don't Cry."

She continued, "It's astonishing to me that we are here in 2015 and there are so many issues that need to be looked at and handled and we shouldn't dictate who people should love. Let people love people."

Swank's statement was echoed by the Obama White House Wednesday night.

The post came in response to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov calling for a ban on "conversion therapy" after the suicide of a 17-year-old transgender youth named Leelah Alcorn. Alcorn wrote a suicide note and posted it to Tumblr before walking in front of a semi-truck, ending her life in December at age 17.

The petition said, "Leelah explained how her parents had forced her to attend conversion therapy, pulled her out of school and isolated her in an attempt to change her identity."