Monday, August 22, 2005

One Last Thing

I want to share with you something that has been bothering me for some time:

Michael Magidson stated that he put a gag in Gwen/Lida's mouth to keep her "from mouthing off, to shut her the fuck up." He then said he bound her wrists to keep her from pulling the gag out of her mouth, from making more noise.
He also bound her ankles.
  • But--why did he bind her wrists in the front, but not from in back? In front, it would be easy to pull a gag out (if she regained consciousness, as he claimed was his concern.)
  • If Magidson didn't intend to kidnap Gwen (i.e. transporting her against her will from place to place), why did he bind her feet?
Cos she wasn't going anywhere alive, and he knew it.

Jaron Nabors, Jason Cazares, Jose Merel, and Michael Magidson killed Gwen Araujo.
One of these people--Jaron Nabors--has taken responsibility for this crime. One of these persons-Jose Merel--has admittted remorse.

The responses to the blog have been amazing--thank you everyone.
I would encourage all to re-read this blog-- and respond again.
Love to all--especially Delilah, Imelda, David, John, Tina, Erin O, David, Sylvia G. ,Shelly, Karen, Chris L, and Kathy B.--and everyone at CUAV & TGLC.
It's almost over. Hang on.

Love,
Connie

32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the Lifetime movie about Gwen's story. I feel sad and somewhat guilty for what she went through as a teen. When I was in high school, it was "cool" to poke fun and make kids who were "different" lives a living hell...it boosted your popularity and made people fear you....Once out of high school i worked in a large department store in cosmetics and befriended a trans-gender male. Needless to say "she" and I became very close... She told me everything about her world and all the thing shes had to go through to live her life the way she wanted to. I attended counseling sessions and doctors appt.s with her. She was goin to make the change from male to female... places we would go, we would get stared at and we would get smirks and whispers... i went through it with her. it takes a strong courageous human being to withstand that kind of hate and chastise... i applaude gwen for everything she did to achieve her person, and one day God will judge those pricks and their day IS goin to come. Since befriending a transgender person, i have her to applaude for broadening my perspectives and making me become the person i am today. God Bless you and your efforts...god bless gwen and her loving family.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i just watched the lifetime show about gwen and i was touched by the courage that gwen had at such a young age. She did not hide about who she was and did not attempt to be some thing that she was not. it is a shame that she had to die just cause some dumb asses could not accept her or did not un derstand that just because she did not have a vagina she was not a girl GWEN WAS ALL WOMAN AND A PENIS DID NOT MAKE HER A MAN.

11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I WATCHED THE MOVIE LAST NIGHT AND I WAS SO MOVED BY MERCEDES AND JDS PERFORMANCE THAT I COULD NOT TAKE MY EYES OFF THE SCREEN....IF IS VERY TRAGIC THAT SO MANY PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIFE TO IGNORANCE AND FEAR....I WAS SO TOUCHED BY GWENS STORY, WHAT A COURAGEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL GIRL...IT JUST SADDENED ME TO THINK HER LIFE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM BEFORE SHE HAD THE CHANCE TO FULLY FLOURISH...HER STORY JUST MADE ME EVEN MORE DRIVEN TO RAISE MY KIDS WITH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING OF ALL DIFFERENT PEOPLE...WE AS PARENTS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE PLANT THE SEEDS, ITS UP TO US TO ERASE ALL THE HATE AND DISCRIMATION FROM THEIR HEAD, THANK YOU TO SYLVIA GUERRERO FOR SHARING HER STORY OF NOT ONLY HER DAUGHTERS COURAGE BUT HER COURAGE AND SUPPORT AS A MOM, SHE TRULY TOUCHED ME AND MADE ME DETERMINED TO BE A BETTER AND MOM AND ALWAYS SUPPORT MY KIDS NO MATTER WHAT..NATASHA

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the Lifetime movie of Gwen Araujo. I was touched by this movie.I am very glad they made a movie about this. Just because someone wants to be a different gender doesn't make them a bad person inside. People say don't judge a book by it's cover but people I mean society does this everyday. They judge a human being before they even get to know them. In the case, of Gwen she was girl inside and out but because of her gender she wasn't. I am deeply sad that she had to grow through what she went through at a young age. To me all she wanted was to be love and be herself. All she wanted was for people to love her for who she was not what she is.It takes a lot of courage to do what she did. She didn't care what people thought of her. She just wanted to be her. To me I think she died of honor for all the other transgenders. Because she didn't hide who she was. She was just being who she had to be. And someday people will understand that we can't keep killing each other over stupid and ignorant things. Because of the people who did what they did to Gwen it is people like them that make this world like it is today. I pray that Gwen's family find justice and may God bless the family. Don't worry about it. It's all in God's hands. They will be judged. Just like they judged Gwen Araujo.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the Lifetime movie of Gwen Araujo's life not once, but twice. I applaud Gwen's courage to be who she was born to be. It is not what it between your legs that makes you a man or a woman it is what is inside your soul. She was a beautiful young woman who did not deserve this to happen to her. Mercedes and Jd's portrails were outstanding. They should be proud of themselves for their preformances. My heart goes out to Gwen's family and love to Gwen's mother Sylvia for having the courage to tell her DAUGHTER'S story. I know the feeling of losing a child to the hands of another. The sentences the boys recieved was not nearly enough for the life they took away, to allow them to plea bargan was appaling! They should had recieved the death sentence as far as I and my family are concerned. This was a horrible vicious hate crime, I don't care what anyone says it was a hate crime. How dare thier attorney suggest that society be to blame for thier actions! I screamed at the TV when I heard that. I fully agree with Sylvia I blame them too! I was even more horrified to discover that this horrible crime happened just miles from the home where I grew up in Union City. No person should ever have to have this happen to them, no person, especially a child, Gwen was still just a child with a bright future ahead of her, to have her life taken away by some morons and for them to basically get a slap on the wrist make me furious beyond belief! I cry in anger for the senselessness of this crime, I cry in sorrow for the family, I cry in hurt for such a beautiful life to have been taken away needlessly and I cry for the pain and suffering she had to endure at the hands of a few ignorant boys. The world needs to be educated, trans-gendered and gay people, that they pose no threat to anyone, that it is not a disease that you can catch. I pray that Gwen's family find comfort in knowing there are others who support them though they do not know them. Gwen was born an ANGEL, sent here to teach us to be accecpting of everyone and to teach us to love unconditionally. As Gwen would say "I love you too much" something we all can learn from. I am proud that my children grew up to be accecpting of everyone, regardless of color, creed, race religion or sexual prefference. Rest in Peace Baby Girl, you now have your wings soar high and know you are loved.
God Bless
Anna Marie

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

EDWARD Araujo (NOT Gwen) did not die because of being transgender...HE died because HE raped those young men by tricking them into thinking HE was a girl and having sex with them. If HE had not raped them they probably could have cared less that HE wanted to be a girl. People show so much sympathy for HIM, but if you look at the law, what he did to those young men was RAPE! How much sympathy would people have for a man who rapes a woman if his victim killed him? Get real and quit treating EDWARD like a helpless victim....HE was a rapist!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote the last entry in this blog, and after reading it back it appears that I am hating on transgenders....but I didn't mean it to seem that way....I have no problem with gays, lesbians, or transgenders...be who you wanna be...peoples sexuality is their own business and I really don't even know why people complain about people being gay...WHO CARES...even if you don't agree with someones sexuality, how does it affect you and why would you be compelled to complain about it...right? BUT...what I do have a problem with is a transgender man who goes out tricking straight men into thinking he's a woman so he can have sex with them...that is just WRONG, and under definitioin of the law it is RAPE! So what I said in the last entry is still true...how many people would show smypathy for a straight man who rapes a woman and is then killed by his victim? Probably not many! What they did was wrong, Edward (or Gwenn...whatever) did not deserve to die...but to go on talking like Edward/Gwenn is completely innocent in this matter is wrong too...tricking those young men into thinking he was a girl to get them to have sex with him was a very sick thing to do and the law says it's rape.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The clinical definition of rape is something to be admired. it basically says that rape is any nonconsenual act of a sexual nature. That means that if those boys said "yes" when Gwen asked them it is not rape. I'd also like to point out that even if she did rape them (which i doubt as she more then likely lacked the strength needed to do this crime on a 17 year old MAN)it does not constitute a reason to MURDER her or anyone else. The boys could have very easily contacted the police, teachers, parents, or whoever and let them take care of it. The fact is that this crime (unlike the previous blogger seems to believe) was premeditated and intentional and was not brought on by any feeling of "betrayal" or anything else. All three boys belong in jail not for ten years or even twenty five. They deserve to spend the rest of their lives behind prison walls. Also as a final thought, statistics show that most women who killed their rapist did so in self defense while the other person was trying to rape them.

3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the previous blogger, this was, in no way, a case of rape. The young men who took part are the ones to blame; the fact that they didn't think to ask her weather she was BIOLOGICALLY male or female before consenting to any kind of sexual act does not excuse them in any way.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those two that cleansed the world of HIM are heroes who will be welcomed into the loving arms of our Holy Father. Praise God!

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched that movie EVERT SINGLE TIME is was shown and i even did some reasherch on "HER" i believe what those ingnorant boys did to her it was wrong and unjusticed. Just because some one wants to cahnge their sex dosent make them a "freak". they deserved their punishment they all do. they sinned by killing a so-called "sinner" she was still gods child and now lays on a cloud watching over her family and not having to worry about threats. i think its wrong to judge people by the way they look and and act but by they way their true insides are. Gwen was a beautiful boy ans an even mor beautiful Woman. i tell you every time i watch that movie i want to cry but i think this one movie may change the way people look in manys eyes. why should a person be judge by the book of their cover. it should be the words inside it. in the court room of my heart i find the plantiffs guilty as charged. and gwen floating in the skys of happy heavens she has now earned her wings she deserved!!
may god bless you and your family!
love and truly moved young lady
an inspired teen girl with feelings for this story
Samantha Renee' Robinson
age,14

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10:02 AM  
Anonymous Kaidlyn Silvers said...

You should not put quotation marks around her and she. She was a woman, not a man, and should be spoken of as if she were any other woman. I recently saw a case where a girl was born with a vagina but she had XY chromosomes and testicles. She got the testicles removed, but it's pretty much identical to transsexuals. We (I saw we because I am one) are born with our brains telling us we are one gender, but our genitalia speaks a different story. We truly are women, but with an incorrect anatomy. And this is far from rape. That one person needs to look up the definition of rape. Those boys agreed. They didn't know, that's on them. Maybe they should have demanded to see her genitals. I hope they get the Holy **** beat out of them in prison! And to that person who said that those two boys cleaned her away from the earth, praise god, etc... Do you know what God sees as right and wrong in his eyes? No. I don't care how many times you read the bible or pray, you'll never know how he see's things (this is if his existence is even real). I started bawling my eyes out after reading the story. She's is now my wallpaper and I'm still torn apart from what has happened to this beautiful young woman. This should have never happened. RIP Gwen Araujo

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Blogger Lindsay said...

I just want to say to the person that claims that GWEN, not Edward, raped those MEN; you are sick and as wrong in the head as the derelicts that took her life. I suppose that what we should learn from the situation is not to judge others, however, to make such comments as you did is disgusting to me. To Gwen, she was in every way a girl growing into a woman. Being a man takes a LOT more than a penis. It should never be dismissed that those MEN should not have allowed a 17 year old to be with them. SHE was 17. They were in there mid 20's. THEY should have been the adults and hung out with people their own age. Having made the choice to "hang" with her, they should not have made the moves on her. That in and of itself is a crime broken. Upon finding out that she was indeed transgender, they should have had enough self restraint and control. They also invited her over for the specific reason of finding out. Do not ask questions that you don't really want the answer to. They should have thought about how they would handle the situation if the answer was one that they did not want to face. I think that although you came back and said you were not bigotted and prejudice person, I find you reprehensible. GROW A SOUL. I have wasted enough of my breath, thoughts, and time on you.

I am saddened that this would ever occur. I am saddened that people are cruel enough to hate on someone for who they are. I am saddened that people can't be who they are for fear of someone hurting them. The one shining star her is Gwen for giving her life and being the person she was born to be, and giving her mother the strength to stand up for the rights of EVERYONE.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but HE deserved to die. HE brought in on himself. He lied and carried on like he was actually a woman , he was a fag queer and wanted to trick other men into sex with HIM. quit acting like he is some kind of martyr. HE is not and his mom is a freaking joke and a whore

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree that tolerance in our society is severely lacking, and my heart breaks for the outcome, I also have to acknowledge the roll Gwen played in her situation as well. I feel very strongly that people, must be allowed to be who they are whatever that might be with the one exception being if it infringes upon another persons.. well anything.
In this case her truth to herself caused massive deception to the people that she would have in her life. Now people can deny it all they want but if a straight person forms a physical relationship with you and you are of the same sex as them you are assaulting them at least mentally. No one seems to address (in an educated manner) that she was in fact hurting people and it was not right. Did she deserve what she got? absolutely not! But I do not like how the mass media said she was killed simply for being transgendered, that is not only a major understatement of the facts, but in my opinion an outright lie. She was murdered, because friends she led a deceptive and dangerous lifestyle. She may have in fact felt that she "had" to in order to get the love she wanted and deserved. But would we then say that a child molester, or rapist was also doing what they had to do to fulfill their desires? And would that then have to be ok under this thinking? In closing I truly do believe to each his or her own, but people.. that does not mean your needs are the most important in the world! and you do not have the right to hurt others to please yourself. Bless you Gwen, may you rest in peace.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to Gwen's family and loved ones. She did withhold truth from the guys... But did not deserve to be killed. People need to let people love whom they please and be who they are without shame. Life is too short to dictate who People can or can't be or love

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is to the commenter that claimed that Gwen Araujo "raped" those men as per the definition of rape under California state law. The part of the law the person seems to be commenting on is this:

"Rape is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a
person not the spouse of the perpetrator, under any of the following
circumstances:

Was not aware, knowing, perceiving, or cognizant of the
essential characteristics of the act due to the perpetrator's fraud
in fact."

Well, I never went to college, so I will just try to interpret this with my high school reading level. It seems someone is raped when they are not aware of the characteristics of THE ACT, not the characteristics of the alleged "perpetrator."

But I did read something else interesting though, and it is this:

"261.5. (a) Unlawful sexual intercourse is an act of sexual
intercourse accomplished with a person who is not the spouse of the
perpetrator, if the person is a minor. For the purposes of this
section, a "minor" is a person under the age of 18 years and an
"adult" is a person who is at least 18 years of age.
(b) Any person who engages in an act of unlawful sexual
intercourse with a minor who is not more than three years older or
three years younger than the perpetrator, is guilty of a misdemeanor."

Michael Magidson and Jose Merél were both 22 years old, more than three years older than Gwen Araujo. So it seems to me, that according to the legal definition of rape, Gwen Araujo was the one who was raped, in a statutory manor, by Michael Magidson and Jose Merél. She may have lied about her age, but the fact is that ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.

In fact, I feel that ignorance is not an excuse for a lot of things . . .

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well I agree to things went too far. your comment about her being honest about herself. is far from the truth. the reason she's dead is because she wasnt honest. she did not deserve to die but she should have been upfront about it the first place. there still people in this world who believe of religion and believe that to be morally wrong. did she deserve to die no. did she deserve a beat down hell yeah. if nothing ever happened and she was still alive people would be all over her about lying to these guys. so let's not forget she wasn't totally innocent in this situation either she was still a guy point blank just because she's viewed herself as a girl doesn't make her 1

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really believe that then you have no understanding of God! You are just a hateful person using God's name to further fuel your hate! God loves all his children and if you were a true believer you would understand that that includes people like Gwen. God made her the way she was. So insulting her is insulting God!

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gwen Araujo should not have been murdered, she didn't lie to those boys who murdered her. They never even have asked if she WAS a man or IS a GIRL. It is an outrage how people judge how people choose to live their life's. If I was gay, transgender or any other thing, I would be afraid of what people would think but I would hold my head up high like Gwen. She was a strong beautiful women & there was no reason for her to be put to death, no reason at all. I have been with women & men & have been judged by my family. Gwen shouldn't have been murderd, Gwen shouldn't have been singled out. She is why people should live, she was strong & very inspirational. No one should ever take god's children from this world no matter what way they are!!!!! Like my lesbian sister always say's "Even if god doesn't love me, I still pray to him ever night & morning."

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUCK THOSE MOTHERFUCKING ASSHOLES CALLING AND REFERING TO GWEN AS 'HIM, HE, EDWARD' BLAH BLAH BLAH. THAT'S WHY YOU FUCKING HOMOPHOBIC/TRANSPHOBIC DESERVE TO BE TRICKED TO THE CORE. YOU'RE SO SCARED, I JUST WISH YOU GET TRICKED TOO AND BE TOLD ON YOUR FUCKING FACE 'YOU SLEPT WITH A 'MAN' AS YOU SAY, I'D SO LAUGH MY ASS OFF! I'M A PERSON LIKE GWEN TOO AND THAT'S WHY I LOVE TRICKING STRAIGHT GUYS. So you claim her to be 'beautiful' blah blah blah in the beginning and as soon as you know what she is, she's now suddenly a MONSTER FREAK? YOU ALL FUCKING DESERVE TO BE TRICKED FOR YOUR BIGOTRY AND PREJUDICE YOU FUCKING HYPOCRITES!!! GOOD FOR YOU BUAHAHAHAHA!!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your an idiot.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religion does not promote beat downs as solutions. Maybe that would have been the "moral" solution? 3 against 1? If she received a beat down and lived it would be a hate crime. BUT SHE DIDN'T LIVE.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She didn't rape those boys, oral sex if she gave it to them.. It was consensual!!! So you are an idiot!!!!!! Get your life!

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are ignorant and hope this happens to you!! She can't rape a guy who is aroused and begging for oral sex!! U should be shot!!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You yes you bitch up there said this man deserves a beat down? You sarcastic bastard maybe your mom a needs a beat down for having your fucked up looking ass leave religion out of it hoe,GOD isn't a religion,you fucked faced bitch,how dare u bitch said that he wasn't honest? That bitch Sat him up and why wasn't she arrested? The one that was jealous of him,they're demon possesed people,some are born that way because the mother mocks the gender in the Womb and some are made that way from raped in prison,HIS mom lied saying GOD MADE HIM THAT WAY,,,,GOD is a holy GOD his mum wanted a girl and transferred that spirit to him and his stupid ass sister dressing him up like a girl and putting him on make up and stuff cause her ads wanted a sister,how dare you say that bitch you should be made one u fagget

7:25 PM  

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