Based on actual events, this is the story of Gwen Araujo (born Edward Araujo). The transgender California teen lived her life as a female until she was savagely beaten and killed at a party after her acquaintances discovered she was biologically male. See how her shocking and senseless murder shook the community and spurred the power of a mother’s love: In her fight for justice, Gwen’s mother, Sylvia Guerrero, became an advocate for transgender rights.
Gwen Araujo (February 24, 1985 — October 3, 2002), born Edward Araujo, Jr., was an American teenage pre-operative transwoman who was murdered in Newark, California. She was killed by four men, two of whom she had been sexually intimate with, who beat and strangled her after discovering she was transgender. Two of the defendants were convicted of second-degree murder, but not convicted on the requested hate crime enhancements. The other two defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to voluntary manslaughter. In at least one of the trials, a trans panic defense–an extension of the gay panic defense–was employed.