REMEMBRANCE - Matthew Shepard

  • metta

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    Oct 07, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    REMEMBRANCE - Matthew Shepard

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    In memory of Matthew Shepard on the anniversary of the day he was brutally attacked and tied to a fence left to die. He died five days later on October 12. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!




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    1 million people for National Matthew Shepard day

    I believe we need this national day as a reminder of the violence and bullying LGBT people face. Nothing has changed. It still occurs.
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    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/1_million_people_for_national_matthew_shepard_day
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:20 PM GMT

    A very noble tribute... one of many we must never forget!!!
    Thanks for posting this... we must always remember... icon_cry.gif
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:24 PM GMT
    His mother came to our university 2 weeks ago to give a speech and raise awareness, she's a great speaker and all around pretty amazing woman. It was very interesting.
  • LifeByTheHorn

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    Oct 08, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    This very young guy became a legendary symbol of gay rights . He is joyful in an another dimension I guess!
  • metta

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    Oct 08, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    [QUOTE]
    1 million people for National Matthew Shepard day

    I believe we need this national day as a reminder of the violence and bullying LGBT people face. Nothing has changed. It still occurs.
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    http://www.change.org/petitions/view/1_million_people_for_national_matthew_shepard_day
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Oct 08, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    Such a sad incident icon_sad.gif I'm glad I plastered Congressman Henry Brown's (R-SC) office with never ending letters and emails lobbying him for vote in favor of the "Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act" that was recently signed into federal law. Alas, that dumb ass didn't vote in favor of it. You can't tell a dumb ass the sky is blue when he believes it is neon green.

    If anything good has come out of incidents like what has happened to Matthew Shepard, it has pushed me harder to be more active and passionate gay rights activist.
  • metta

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    Oct 11, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    National Candlelight Vigil to observe the anniversary of Matthew Shepard's

    Tuesday, October 12 ยท 8:00pm - 8:30pm
    Location: where ever you are.

    National Candlelight Vigil to observe the 12th anniversary of the brutal death of Matthew Shepard. With the recent bullying of LGBT youth and the tragic suicides that have resulted, members of the MPowerment program want to bring attention to this issue by honoring the life of Matthew Shepard. Light a candle where ever you are and keep Matthew Shepard and the tragic suicides in are hearts

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=160639403965433
  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2010 8:41 AM GMT
    Here is a video clip that has Matthew Shepard in it:

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 13, 2010 12:07 PM GMT
    Definitely a special moment for me. I had just accepted who I am at that point in time and my bf and I had been involved for a couple of weeks. It was my first
    real "questioning" of gay bashing as a gay man. Something I won't ever forget.
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    Oct 13, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    The public reaction to Matthew's death was unprecedented. His was surely not the first incident of violence against our community, and it wasn't the last (look at the news for the last month!) but something about his case resonated with people. Americans who had previously not considered this "their issue" were actually talking about it.

    I don't know if it was because Matthew looked so harmless (he looked younger than he was and was also physically a tiny guy... definitely not the image of a predator/perv the right uses to scare people), the brutal way in which he was attacked, or a combination. The response of the Phelps gang also tipped audience reaction in our favor. I don't think people realize to what degree his shenanigans actually help our cause.

    One thing is -- as cynical as it is to say -- we respond to "pretty" victims. Matthew was young, white, and many would say cute. An older black man dragged behind a truck got nowhere near the same coverage despite suffering something equally brutal. Jean-Benet Ramsey was in the news for eons, but Roy Jones, the 17-month-old Shinnecock kid whose mother's boyfriend killed him because he acted like a girl was barely a blip on the news radar. That says something about us as a society.