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.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  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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