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A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006)

The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

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Agnieszka Holland

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Shelley Evans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercedes Ruehl ... Sylvia Guerrero
JD Pardo ... Eddie
Lupe Ontiveros ... Mami
Henry Darrow ... Papi
Corey Stoll ... Joey Marino
Leela Savasta ... Chita Araujo
Avan Jogia ... Danny Araujo
Jacqueline Samuda ... Angie
Zak Santiago ... Carlos Guerrero
Jay Brazeau ... Defense Attorney
Hrothgar Mathews ... Prosecutor
Marilyn Norry ... Dr. Martin
Tegan Moss ... Lisa
Michael Dillman Michael Dillman ... Eddie (7 Years)
Nicole Muñoz ... Chita (10 Years)
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Storyline

Based on a true story. As a young boy, Eddie Araujo always felt different somehow. She started putting on her mom's makeup and wearing her mom's clothes, which her mom found odd. By the time she entered her teen years, Eddie could no longer hide the fact that she was a lot different, that she was meant to be female and not male. When she finally accepted it and with her mom's eventual support, Eddie changed her name to Gwen and started to live life as female until a tragic night changed everything. Written by r2k443

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He was just who she was.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just a Girl: The Gwen Araujo Story See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Braun Entertainment Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Araujo took the name "Gwen" for her female identity after Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, her favorite singer. See more »

Goofs

The defense attorney noted that Joey had punched a wall and broke his hand after Sylvia had told him that Gwen was not really a female. A day or two after Sylvia tells him, a drunken Gwen walks along the fence of the construction site in which Joey was working; Joey walks up to the fence and you can clearly tell that none of his hands looked damaged in any way. See more »

Quotes

Chita Araujo - Age 17: It's ok if you're a fag.
Eddie: I'm not a fag.
Chita Araujo - Age 17: Just don't flaunt it.
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You Think I'm Crazy
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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A Girl LIke Me The Gwen Araujo Story My Opinions On it

This story was on Lifetime last night. I'm a big supporter for GLBT community. I think they should be treated right I think they should be allowed to have their freedom I think they should be allowed to be them and not be ashamed, embarrassed,hated, killed, or beaten for be so. It was a good movie. J.D. Pardo was amazing as Gwen. She was beautiful in the movie and once I saw the real Gwen I still thought the same thing she was beautiful as both a girl and guy both on the inside and out. I have to say a few things got to me while watching it. I didn't like how her grandmother was like embarrassed of her and I didn't like how her mom went in and took all her make up and posters down. I also didn't like how her mom went and told Joey she was really a guy she should have let Gwen do that when she was ready to. I did however like how they finally realized this was who she was and accepted her. I didn't like how the attorney for her murders wanted her mom to blame society for her daughters murder instead of the guys. Society didn't kill her they did. I didn't like how the 2 guys only got 6 years. There are eventually going to be out on the street then what? How are other transponder,bisexuals,lesbians,gays going to be protected from them and people like them? What about Gwen and her family to me I don't think justice was served. They all should not be allowed out again. Another thing that got to me was that neither one was charged with committing a hate crime. They beat her for 5 hours strangled her, cut her, and buried her because the rumors of her being born a guy were true how can that not be considered a hate crime. I don't know this movie really touched me. I like shows like this that show how people really are. I look up to Gwen as a hero she was who she was. She was murdered for being her and not what other people wanted her to be and now she is dead she didn't deserve it. Hopefully people who see this movie will see what's going on and maybe one day it can be different. Rip Gwen.


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