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Mother Faced With the Loss of Her Daughter
Sylvia Guerrero has endured unthinkable tragedy, yet still finds the strength to make a difference in the lives of others through her advocacy work. For Guerrero, her 17-year-old transgender daughter, Gwen Araujo, was murdered just a few houses away from her home in Newark, CA. The first trial ended in a mistrial, and she now awaits a new one in May. Finding strength in the memory of her daughter, she continues to live each day honoring Gwen's life and spirit. "It's heart-breaking to see how ignorant, uneducated, inhumane, and judgmental this world is. We're all human, everyone deserves equality," says Guerrero. Her hope is that others can learn through her tragedy; that one person's life may be saved because of her loss. "If I can save one transgender life, it's worth everything. I promised Gwen until my last breath that I would be her voice." Guerrero is a mentor to transgender youth and travels around the country to educate communities about transgender issues and advocate change.