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Teen Victim's Family Seeks Name Change(Transgender killed by sex partners)
AP ^ | May 27 04 | MICHELLE LOCKE

Posted on 05/27/2004 1:58:55 PM PDT by adam_az

FREMONT, Calif. - The name on the birth certificate was Edward Araujo Jr., but the teenager preferred the first name Gwen. At age 17, before getting a chance to make the name change official, Araujo was beaten and strangled after the people she thought were her friends found out she was biologically male.

This week, Araujo's family asked a court for a posthumous name change to Gwen Amber Rose Araujo.

"She's Gwen to me, and I'm her mother," Sylvia Guerrero said outside the courthouse. "This is who she was. She's transgender and she's Gwen."

Superior Court Commissioner Thomas Surh called the request "a novel situation" and said he would let Guerrero know his decision in about a month.

Araujo's family said she had used the name Gwen for years, convinced from an early age that her sexual and biological identities conflicted.

In October 2002, police found her body in a shallow grave 150 miles east of her home in the San Francisco suburb of Newark.

The man who took police to the site, 21-year-old Jaron Nabors, later said Araujo was viciously beaten and strangled following the revelation of her gender.

Nabors pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Three other men, including two who were sexually active with Araujo, are on trial in a case expected to go to a jury next week.

Officially recognizing Araujo as Gwen has symbolic importance, said Christopher Daley of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center, which helped the family request the name change.

"The courts serve as a voice for the people of California," Daley said. "By filing this petition, we gave the people an opportunity to explicitly recognize Gwen as Gwen."

Araujo picked the name Gwen after the singer Gwen Stefani, Guerrero said. Guerrero added Amber Rose because those were names she picked in pregnancy, believing she was carrying a girl.

"I lost Eddie a long time ago, and I had to say goodbye to Eddie," Guerrero said. "Unfortunately, to Gwen, too."


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The man who took police to the site, 21-year-old Jaron Nabors, later said Araujo was viciously beaten and strangled following the revelation of her gender.

Nabors pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Three other men, including two who were sexually active with Araujo, are on trial in a case expected to go to a jury next week.

1 posted on 05/27/2004 1:58:56 PM PDT by adam_az
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More from Globe & Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20040327/GENDER27/TPComment/TopStories

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Three years later, on Oct. 3, 2002, she was savagely beaten and strangled at a house party after a girl followed her to the bathroom, reached under her skirt and discovered her male genitalia.

"She's got a penis," the girl yelled to the young men now on trial for murder. Two of the four accused -- who are all in their early 20s -- had prior sexual relations with Gwen and been suspicious of her gender.

At first, the news that she had male anatomy brought laughter and derision, but the mood soon soured. For the next two hours, it's alleged that the men beat Gwen so savagely that police described her eventual death as "overkill."

Police said one young man hit her in the head with a soup can, then a skillet. She sank to the floor and was kicked so hard in the head she dented the wall when she hit it. The men allegedly wrapped her in a blanket to prevent blood from staining the couch and floor. Prosecutors said she was dragged to the garage, where they strangled her, then tossed her in the back of a pickup. Another man hit her in the head with a shovel to ensure that she was dead.

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But Gwen's killing has also sparked an intense debate over legal definitions of hate, with some experts arguing that her death was the result of bruised feelings -- not hatred against a transsexual.

Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston and the author of several books on hate crime, said the case is brutal and disturbing, but he is not convinced the alleged attackers were motivated by hatred toward transgendered people.

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Mr. Levin thinks Gwen Araujo's killing was prompted by intense feelings of betrayal -- not hatred against transsexuals. The men accused of killing Gwen had known her for a couple of weeks and two had been sexually intimate with her. He compared her slaying to a man who kills his wife after learning she has been unfaithful.

"He feels betrayed and he kills her," Mr. Levin said. "Gender is involved -- she's a woman -- but gender is not the motivation. I think people feel betrayed for lots of personal reasons and this is just one of many."

Defining all murders of transgendered people as hate crimes is dangerous, Mr. Levin said, because it trivializes real crimes of hate. "I get a little concerned when we go out of our way to look at a case that just doesn't seem to fit, and I want us to use the hate-crime label, but use it appropriately. I'm not sure this one is."

(snip)

The men she hooked up with attended the same high school Gwen once did, but did not know her past as a male. On the night of the fatal party, all four confronted her about her gender, before sending a girl into the bathroom to find out.


2 posted on 05/27/2004 2:05:01 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: adam_az
...a girl followed her to the bathroom, reached under her skirt and discovered her male genitalia.

I hear Hillary hates it when that happens.

3 posted on 05/27/2004 2:08:25 PM PDT by theDentist (John Kerry never saw a TAX he wouldn't HIKE !!!)
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To: adam_az
Three other men, including two who were sexually active with Araujo, are on trial in a case expected to go to a jury next week.
I can certainly understand their disgust, but it still sounds like pre-meditated murder to me. Do the crime, pay the time.
4 posted on 05/27/2004 2:09:16 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: adam_az
FREMONT, Calif. - The name on the birth certificate was Edward Araujo Jr., but the teenager preferred the first name Gwen. At age 17, before getting a chance to make the name change official, Araujo was beaten and strangled after the people she thought were her friends found out she was biologically male

No one deserves such a fate, but, damn...do friends mislead friends about ones gender? Playing russian roulette would be safer.

5 posted on 05/27/2004 2:10:52 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: eastsider

I agree... I just dislike the designation of "hate crimes," as if every premediated murder isn't a "hate crime!"

Reminds me more of a THOUGHT crime.

I follow stories on the "hate crime" topic, this is an interesting one.


6 posted on 05/27/2004 2:11:35 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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Officially recognizing Araujo as Gwen has symbolic importance, said Christopher Daley of the San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center

Not trying to make a joke here, but instead of going through a legal process to change the name of the deceased, why not just put the name "Gwen" on the headstone?

7 posted on 05/27/2004 2:15:51 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ('Sell crazy somewhere else Pelosi and Gore, we're all stocked up here.')
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To: adam_az

The "hate crime" designation is so far off the map for me, it didn't even register that that's what this case involved.


8 posted on 05/27/2004 2:15:57 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: adam_az

The penalty for this brutal crime should be death. Shouldn't need any silly "hate crime" classification to boost the penalty.


9 posted on 05/27/2004 2:19:04 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Michael.SF.

When a parent has lost a child in such a horrifying manner, anything that helps ease the parent's pain even a little bit is warranted.


10 posted on 05/27/2004 2:20:42 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Michael.SF.
>Not trying to make a joke here, but instead of going through a legal process to change the name of the deceased, why not just put the name "Gwen" on the headstone?

It's a symbol of
our constant struggle against
Roman oppression!

11 posted on 05/27/2004 2:21:07 PM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: adam_az

Now I'm really confused.

The first article uses the term "transgender."

The second article uses the term "transsexual."

If he/she still had male genitalia then I would think that "transgender" would be the appropriate phrase as I understand the definitions because I thought that "transsexual" referred to a whacko who has already had the surgery.

I'm sorry but I still say that people like this have bad miswirings in their brains.


12 posted on 05/27/2004 2:24:31 PM PDT by El Gran Salseron (It translates as the Great, Big Salsa Dancer, nothing more. :-))
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To: theDentist; biblewonk

LOL!


13 posted on 05/27/2004 2:27:16 PM PDT by newgeezer (A conservative who conserves -- a true capitalist!)
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To: adam_az
"The courts serve as a voice for the people of California..."

BS! IMO of course
14 posted on 05/27/2004 2:31:44 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: Michael.SF.

"Not trying to make a joke here, but instead of going through a legal process to change the name of the deceased, why not just put the name "Gwen" on the headstone?"


Most cemetaries won't let you put any name on a stone that doesn't jibe with the legal name of the person buried in the grave. Sometimes nicknames are not allowed if they are not obvious, usual and/or accompanied by the actual name.

In fact if you have the names of your deceased on the monument base (a very common thing)and want them on the headstone itself, in addition to putting them on the headstone you HAVE to have them removed from the base.

The names on a monument MUST reflect WHO is buried beneath it.


15 posted on 05/27/2004 2:34:54 PM PDT by TalBlack ("Tal, no song means anything without someone else....")
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To: adam_az
...after the people she thought were her friends found out she was biologically male.

That had to be a bit of a shock.

16 posted on 05/27/2004 2:35:11 PM PDT by JesseHousman (Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal)
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To: GovernmentShrinker
anything that helps ease the parent's pain even a little bit is warranted.

I don't see how dragging things through a lengthy legal proceeding is going to ease their pain. Rather, I would think that it would prolong it.

A graveside service, installing the headstone with 'Gwen' on it would go a lot further, IMHO.

17 posted on 05/27/2004 2:37:54 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ('Sell crazy somewhere else Pelosi and Gore, we're all stocked up here.')
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To: TalBlack; GovernmentShrinker
To:TalBlack

cc: GovernmentShrinker,

Thanks. That then would justify the legal proceeding and I would then have no objection to what the parents are doing. Neither would any fair minded Judge, I would hope.

18 posted on 05/27/2004 2:41:30 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ('Sell crazy somewhere else Pelosi and Gore, we're all stocked up here.')
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To: adam_az
Two of the four accused -- who are all in their early 20s -- had prior sexual relations with Gwen and been suspicious of her gender.

Sscratchin my head, here. Is this possible ? or are they talking about what the meaning of the word "is" is ?
19 posted on 05/27/2004 2:43:51 PM PDT by stylin19a (How does somebody know when a bagpipe is out of tune?)
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To: adam_az

Why not simply pretend the other way? Pretend the he saw the light at the end and reverted to his natural born status. Don't bury him as a freak but as a male who lost his way. The lad was diseased. It is better to pretend that he was cured than it is to pretend that a state document will cure the freak's disease.


20 posted on 05/27/2004 2:44:39 PM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: adam_az

this sentence is really un-grammatical:

"she was savagely beaten and strangled at a house party after a girl followed her to the bathroom, reached under her skirt and discovered her male genitalia."

if SHE has male genitalia its a HE! anyway the guys who killed this confused BOY should get the electric chair and beheaded (at the same time).

Before you have sex with a girl you should always ask "do you have a penis??"


21 posted on 05/27/2004 2:45:43 PM PDT by captaindude2 (Soon to be banned again!)
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To: adam_az
"Two of the four accused -- who are all in their early 20s -- had prior sexual relations with Gwen and been suspicious of her gender."

Is it too obvious to ask how the two that had prior sexual relations with Gwen did not notice that she had a penis?

22 posted on 05/27/2004 2:47:20 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: adam_az
On second thought, it is probably good that this freak didn't want to be a horse. Then they would have had to have a vet sign the death certificate.

How about if he wanted to be a Ford? Would the California DMV be willing to issue him a VIN, post mortum? License plates? Why do freaks insist on trying to force normal people to get involved with their diseased halucinations?

23 posted on 05/27/2004 2:48:44 PM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: eastsider
If a rape victim or child abuse victim stalks down the molestor, is that much different than what happened here?

Vigilantism is a crime and I am never for it (on the streets or in jails).

This was not "consensual sex". They were violated. Baiting "rough trade" often ends with dangerous results.

24 posted on 05/27/2004 2:51:28 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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To: LADY J

Oral sex is not sex?


25 posted on 05/27/2004 2:52:18 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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To: El Gran Salseron
Until a "transgendered" or "transexual" person can go from producing sperm to ovulating (or vice versa), it is merely cosmetic surgery with hormonal therapy to mask the secondary sex traits.

Calling them "plastic surgery recipiants" would keep them from barging into the restroom of members of the opposite sex, however.

26 posted on 05/27/2004 2:55:13 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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To: stylin19a

Don't be confused ... sinkEmperor didn't care if the mouth was on a male or a female according to White House rumors.


27 posted on 05/27/2004 2:55:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: weegee
"Oral sex is not sex?"

Slick Willie says no!

28 posted on 05/27/2004 2:55:52 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: LADY J

It's probably the only thing he said that I agree with. Then again, I had a Jesuit education, too ...


29 posted on 05/27/2004 2:58:41 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: LADY J

"is this a penis??"

"depends on what your definition of IS is"


30 posted on 05/27/2004 3:00:54 PM PDT by captaindude2 (Soon to be banned again!)
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To: LADY J
...had prior sexual relations....

Together or separately?

May God sort it out though.

31 posted on 05/27/2004 3:02:56 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: weegee
If a rape victim or child abuse victim stalks down the molestor, is that much different than what happened here?

Vigilantism is a crime and I am never for it (on the streets or in jails).

This was not "consensual sex". They were violated. Baiting "rough trade" often ends with dangerous results.

Ok, that's just stupid. These people didn't get intimate enough with him to realize his actual sex, so he must have just done certain favors for them. Since they were so casual to not realize she was a he, I'd say they were out actively searching for a willing girl to give them five minutes of attention. The problem is that it wasn't really a girl--in that way it was a violation. But it certainly is in an entirely different league from rape and child molestation and they weren't hapless victims.

Yes, what he did in deceiving them was wrong, but what they did in treating sex so casually was also wrong, and the long, drawn-out murder was most definitely wrong. They should be executed.

32 posted on 05/27/2004 3:06:01 PM PDT by ahayes
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To: weegee
Oral sex is not sex?
According to LegalDefintions.com, "sodomy is the oral or anal sex between two people."
33 posted on 05/27/2004 3:06:21 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: adam_az
"She's Gwen to me, and I'm her mother," Sylvia Guerrero said outside the courthouse.

Then why didn't you name "her" Gwen originally?

34 posted on 05/27/2004 3:17:52 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (...and Freedom tastes of Reality)
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To: ahayes

And drunken sex is "consensual sex"? I'll be sure to ping you to the next date rape thread.


35 posted on 05/27/2004 3:23:05 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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To: MHGinTN
Don't be confused ... sinkEmperor didn't care if the mouth was on a male or a female according to White House rumors.

Do tell! I thought I'd heard (and propagated) all the scurrilous rumors out there. Link, even if it's pure gossip?
36 posted on 05/27/2004 3:24:38 PM PDT by Xenalyte (No one will be sitting in sackcloth and ashes crying, "Oh, if only we had listened to Art Bell!")
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To: ahayes
Casual sex is not a crime.

False pretense is. So is murder.

The question is this justifiable homicide. Likely not. I don't support ANY vigilantism (even for child molestation or rape). Want those crimes to warrant the death penalty? Appeal to the legislature.

Don't make excuses for the sick sex games this man played.

37 posted on 05/27/2004 3:25:57 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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To: weegee
You do that, as apparently I'll need to be around to counter your claim that consensual sex that a woman later regrets counts as date rape.

There was nothing in either of the stories about the poor men being drunk at the time and thus unable to fend him off as he unzipped their pants. There's every indication that they welcomed his advances and had no problem with their "prior sexual relations" until they found out he was really male.

At first, the news that she had male anatomy brought laughter and derision, but the mood soon soured. For the next two hours, it's alleged that the men beat Gwen so savagely that police described her eventual death as "overkill."

Police said one young man hit her in the head with a soup can, then a skillet. She sank to the floor and was kicked so hard in the head she dented the wall when she hit it. The men allegedly wrapped her in a blanket to prevent blood from staining the couch and floor. Prosecutors said she was dragged to the garage, where they strangled her, then tossed her in the back of a pickup. Another man hit her in the head with a shovel to ensure that she was dead.

I suppose you'd say they shouldn't be found guilty for the brutal two hour murder since you think they were drunk at the time? I guess they were thinking straight enough to protect the furniture from those inconvenient blood stains.

38 posted on 05/27/2004 3:31:43 PM PDT by ahayes
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To: adam_az
"She's Gwen to me, and I'm her mother."

Or maybe it was...

LOLA

I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola
See-oh-el-aye cola
She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola
El-oh-el-aye Lola la-la-la-la Lola

Well I'm not the world's most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola
Well I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

Well we drank champagne and danced all night
Under electric candlelight
She picked me up and sat me on her knee
And said dear boy won't you come home with me
Well I'm not the world's most passionate guy
But when I looked in her eyes well I almost fell for my Lola
La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
I pushed her away
I walked to the door
I fell to the floor
I got down on my knees
Then I looked at her and she at me

Well that's the way that I want it to stay
And I always want it to be that way for my Lola
La-la-la-la Lola
Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola
La-la-la-la Lola
Well I left home just a week before
And I'd never ever kissed a woman before
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
And said dear boy I'm gonna make you a man

Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
And so is Lola
La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

 

39 posted on 05/27/2004 3:32:07 PM PDT by Boot Hill (America...thy hand shall be upon the neck of thine enemies.)
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To: weegee
Casual sex is not a crime.

Oh, so now you agree that it was consensual hooking up and they weren't comatose on the sofa?

I'm not making excuses. I said it was wrong and stupid to lie. But that doesn't make this rape, it just makes it sex that was later regretted. If they hadn't been so casual about hooking up the chances of anything like this happening would be zero.

40 posted on 05/27/2004 3:35:31 PM PDT by ahayes
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To: Michael.SF.
Not trying to make a joke here, but instead of going through a legal process to change the name of the deceased, why not just put the name "Gwen" on the headstone?

Excellent point! Sounds like there's more to this than merely respected for the recently departed. A lot more.

41 posted on 05/27/2004 3:43:57 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: captaindude2
Before you have sex with a girl you should always ask "do you have a penis??"

Didn't either/any of these partners notice?? You know, when they commenced to do, er, this-and-that wouldn't they have noticed the,er, plumbing was rigged a little different on this supposed "chick"?

42 posted on 05/27/2004 3:51:43 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: weegee
Calling them "plastic surgery recipiants"...

How about folks calling them what they really are -- eunuchs</>

43 posted on 05/27/2004 3:54:41 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: yankeedame

You may want to look at Talblack's post # 15. He explains some of the legal issues involved.


44 posted on 05/27/2004 3:58:49 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ('Sell crazy somewhere else Pelosi and Gore, we're all stocked up here.')
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To: GSWarrior

What an awful, awful story. Parents encourage a 17 year old boy to be a girl...perhaps even allowing brutal, unnecessary surgery on a minor. Then the truly foolish boy leads on several over-sexed male teenagers looking for a good time (not a homosexual experience)and winds up being beaten to death. How did we get to this point??


45 posted on 05/27/2004 4:01:33 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: All

If I had a child as perverted as this I would want to change my name too.
Would also be thankful that someone put him away.
Total waste of carbon molecules


46 posted on 05/27/2004 4:04:09 PM PDT by 76834
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To: adam_az

"She" has a penis? The article refers to it as "she" - it is a "he."

This poor creature had one messed up mother - they both belonged in the looney bin.


47 posted on 05/27/2004 4:06:54 PM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: eastsider

Agreed. I don't think the "hate" was anything more than outrage at being lied to; a lie which resulted in having sex with something other than what you believed to be female. If you're heterosexual, this would be unsettling to say the least, and most of us would feel violated. As far as brutally murdering this person? Despicable. It just doesn't warrant murder.


48 posted on 05/27/2004 4:11:34 PM PDT by ladywolf7
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To: Michael.SF.
You may want to look at Talblack's post # 15. He explains some of the legal issues involved.

Thank you for the head's-up. After reading Talblack's post I found myself wondering if this (requiring legal name on tombstone) would be the same if the remains were cremated,then taken to another resting place and the name given -- in this case -- as "Gwen"? Probably not, but I was just wondering if there was a way around it. I mean outside of a heft bribe or something. (<- joking)

49 posted on 05/27/2004 4:15:03 PM PDT by yankeedame ("Born with the gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.")
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To: adam_az

If he was biologically male, then why does AP refer to him as "she" and "her"? I could say I'm the Queen of Sheba, but that would not make it so. Would AP have to refer to me as such?


50 posted on 05/27/2004 4:15:58 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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