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06/15/2006

Her lifetime story cut short; her Lifetime story condemned

by Jeremy Hooper

   Concerned Woman Robert Knight is decrying the American Profile Sunday newspaper insert, because this past weekend's issue featured an advertisement for the upcoming Lifetime TV movie, A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story. Knight says that the ad for the true story of slain transgender female Gwen Araujo is "extremely offensive," a "drastic departure" from American Profile's wholesome image, and that the movie is "a direct attack on the difference between the sexes."

:sigh: We say to Mr. Knight: The sentiment you are conveying over this ad is just a much more diluted form of the antipathy expressed by Gwen's killers, the former of which likely had a little something to do with latter. Respect that this is a human being who was brutally murdered, a network who wants to tell this tale so that future tragedies may be prevented, and a publication who is simply running an advertisement for this tragic story. We're sure Gwen's mother would give her life to not have her daughter's story eventful enough to necessitate a biopic. But since that is not the case, the least she, we, American Profile, and all of us can do is to learn and grow from the tragedy so that future incidents will not render another mother childless.

Knight is asking folks to contact American profile over this "offensive ad." If you'd like to counter his attempts and support a publication's right to advertise a biopic of a transgendered person who was KILLED FOR LIVING OPENLY, then email contacts for American Profile staffers can be found here.

American Profile Transgender Promotion [CWFA]

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