Imagine feeling like you're trapped in the wrong body, that there's been some sort of mistake — that you're supposed to be a girl instead of a boy. How would you tell your family and friends that you wanted to change genders? Would you bring it up with someone you had a crush on? And what would you do when society not only refused to accept the new you, but was violent toward you? Well, Eddie Araujo didn't know the answers, but he did know he was supposed to be female, so he began to dress as a girl and changed his name to Gwen.You won't believe what Gwen endured just to live her life as who she was and feel normal. It's a shocking true story about courage and tolerance.
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I have such mixed feelings about Amanda. As a "transgender person" I support her right to her gender expression, and I think it's cool that she has no fear. But as someone who's interested in a normal life (though I'm not sure what's "normal" in 2008), and who works for GLBT civil rights, I feel squeamish about being in the same identity space. I wonder how most straight people with heteronormative gender expression feel on seeing that picture? Are they, like, a) I celebrate diverse lifestyles, b) this is one of those crazy cool fashionistas who's supposed to look outre, c) this is a sad train wreck and I can't stop looking, d) I'm disgusted by this fetishistic portrayal of femininity, or is it something I haven't even thought of? Of course, your post gives a clue with the adjective "freakish". What do you think most people associate with the picture you posted?