A Girl Like Gwen

The Gwen Araujo story aired on Lifetime tonight and unfortunately we don’t have cable, but I’m hoping someone will loan me a copy. Right now I’m not sure I’m up to watching it; I read so many articles, news reports, essays, editorials… and none of them change the ending. I wish something could, still.

There is a thread about the movie – the making of it and reactions to it – on our message boards, if you want to join in.

I’m pleased, too, that they got a good actress to play Gwen’s mother. Stories about transpeople seem to forget sometimes that they have families – mothers, wives, boyfriends, children. Stories like Gwen’s – and recently Kevin Aviance’s – sometimes make me with that I could keep Betty from going outside. But of course that’s no way to live, either. Please, transfolk: be safe. Tell friends where you are. As often as possible make sure there’s someone around who’s got your back.

2 Replies to “A Girl Like Gwen”

  1. I’ll be safe. I think I’d been damn lucky in the past, even if I never put myself in a situation like Gwen’s or other T-folk I’ve known. My Beloved worries for me, too. She has my back.

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