Tribute to Matthew Shepard, from SF Gay Men's Chorus

  • metta

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    Sep 29, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    Tribute to Matthew Shepard, from SF Gay Men's Chorus

  • metta

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    Oct 06, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    The memory and meaning of Matthew Shepard, 14 years later

  • HottJoe

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    Oct 06, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    mattew shepard
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    Oct 06, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
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    Oct 06, 2012 4:47 PM GMT
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 06, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    Matthew Shepard fence
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 06, 2012 6:38 PM GMT
    Definitely awesome tribute! I'll never forget the Matthew Shepard killing.. it happened right after I took my first steps toward accepting who I am and had started seeing my bf for several weeks.
  • drypin

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    Oct 06, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    Okay, I'm in tears.
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    Oct 06, 2012 7:12 PM GMT
    WOW....very touching video/music.
    I was 15 when Matthew Shepard was tortured/murdered. I can't believe it's been 14 yrs tomorrow that he was beaten. icon_eek.gif

    It's nice to hope that in these 14 very short years, the straight society has hopefully evolved. There are signs pointing in that direction for sure. Yet there are still the active religious godly fools who would love to go back these short 14 yrs and do this to some other Gay person.
    The more of us who are out and visible make it harder and harder for these hateful beings to act upon their religious-born-ignorance so freely and without reservation.
    I'm glad I came out at the very young age I did.

    I'm embarrassed to say that I had actually forgotten that this tragic anniversary was coming up. Thanks for reminding us all about this (him.) icon_cry.gif


  • metta

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    Oct 08, 2012 7:30 PM GMT

    "14 years ago today, an American mother named Judy Shepard lost her beloved gay son Matthew when he was tortured, tied to a fence, and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming.

    We have made strides against hate, but we will not rest until every American boy and girl can authentically be who they are, and every American mother is free of the nightmare a child being murdered simply for being his or her beautiful, God-given self." - Ben Patrick Johnson
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    Oct 08, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    Thank you for the reminder. Made me teary all over again. icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 08, 2012 10:02 PM GMT
    This is why I won't back down from standing up for gay rights, or allowing someone to be bullied for being gay in my presence. Never let myself get picked on, and I won't be one of those stupid assclown who picks on his peers... dumbasses! icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
  • metta

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    Oct 11, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Tomorrow will mark 14 years since the day we lost Matt Shepard. I know from the conversations I’ve had with many of you that those terrible days in October 1998 echo in your memories: where you were, how it felt, the fears, the outrage and the questions you were left with.

    Why does hatred still stalk our community, you have asked. Why can’t we be left in peace to be who we are? Is it ever going to change?

    We have wrestled with those questions for all these years, too. Matt’s mother and father continue to try to answer them as best they can as they travel the country, and now more of the world to speak to LGBT community members and even more importantly, their allies.

    Hatred is powerful, and learned. Hatred is not reasonable, and people can seldom be reasoned out of beliefs they weren’t reasoned into in the first place. But social forces can work against hatred just as they have worked in its favor for centuries. And so that’s where we at the Foundation have felt our shoulder fits best to the wheel: creating social momentum that pushes hatred aside in favor of understanding, compassion and acceptance.

    Matt means a great deal as a memory, a lesson and a tragedy to millions of people. To a relative handful of us, he means those things too, but also a person missing from our daily lives as a son, or a friend, or a classmate, or a fellow activist.

    Some of you have heard my story of how I met Matt at a little birthday party in Casper, Wyoming, a long time ago now all of a sudden. He recognized me as a reporter for the local paper and gave me an earful (I have since learned he enjoyed that) about how we weren’t covering the human rights crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.

    Sure, it was a small paper, but surely, Matt argued, we had a responsibility to inform people what the wire services were reporting on the Taliban and its cruel rollbacks of freedom and dignity for women in that largely ignored country.

    It was around 1997 or 1998 and Americans weren’t thinking about Afghanistan or the Taliban much then. But in a country where girls could once attend school and women had at least a sliver of individual autonomy, a severe religious law backed by deadly force was eroding that progress on human rights. And Matt was outraged by it.

    Our friendship was short because of his senseless murder. But I came to know that concern about human rights, and especially those of women in the developing world, was something that really disturbed Matt and made him itch to do something about it. And we all now know he was wise to worry about the danger the world could face from the zeal and hatred at the heart of these abuses.

    When this week rolls around every year, people all over the world remember Matt and the wrong that was done to him out of anti-gay hatred. We look hopefully at improvements in gay rights and the culture of our country and sense at least a grim appreciation for the power this movement has gained to improve our lot.

    A few of us also think about Matt the person and what the world lost with the removal from our midst of someone so passionate about human rights and social change and wonder what he might have been able to contribute.

    This week I have watched the tragedy and outrage about a senseless crime of hate swell and boil over in Pakistan and cannot help but think of Matt.

    Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai is someone that I just know Matt would have thought was boundlessly promising and wonderful. She has been famously outspoken against militants’ attacks on the right of girls to go to school. She blogged about her classmates’ anxieties, and talked about setting up her own school. She won a national peace prize from the prime minister. This is the change Matt wanted for women in her part of the world.

    She was cruelly targeted with death on a school bus in Mingora, where the Taliban has stubbornly struggled to project its power at all costs. A gunman asked for her by name and shot her. She’d already been named on a hit list.

    At this writing Malala still clings to life, and disgust at this violent effort to snuff out a powerful voice is spreading across the country and the world. We are praying for her and for her country. I hope you will too.

    This is what Matt was worried about. This is what happened when Matt was killed. We are the ones left to do the hard work that makes this world a place where this doesn’t have to keep happening. We have to be up to the challenge every day because the hatred clocks in every day as well.

    We at the Foundation have a role to play because of all of you who have supported our work with your encouragement, your individual voices, and yes, your donations. We thank you for all you have done to Erase Hate. And if you are in a position to provide additional support for our work, please do so today as we begin another year of remembering Matt and safeguarding his legacy.

    Yours truly,

    Jason Marsden
    Executive Director
    Matthew Shepard Foundation
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    Oct 13, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    It was 14 yrs ago today that Matthew Shepard died. icon_eek.gif
    I hope you thought of him today...if not, them think of him now. I sent out a company wide email just reminding as many people as I could about how this kid suffered and died. icon_cry.gif

    Tonight when I meet some friends, we'll propose a toast to his memory. Not to be preachy here, but we all should think of him today/tonight. icon_wink.gif

  • TroyAthlete

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    Oct 13, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    Worth noting today that the federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act signed into law by President Obama bears the names of James Bryd, Jr. and Matthew Shepard due to the tireless work of their living family members.

    Of course, the bill was opposed by Republicans in Congress, including Mitt Romeny's running mate Paul Ryan. Just another example of why nobody on this website should be supporting those two clowns.
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    Oct 13, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    drypin saidOkay, I'm in tears.
    Exactly why I waited until I got home to watch this. Beautiful tribute.
  • tazzari

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    Oct 13, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting that tribute.

    At Trinity Episcopal, Seattle, we've postponed our annual Matthew Shepard service (a special sermon and a special collect) til the 21st, to bring it closer to the election, when Washington will decide whether to uphold marriage equality. We're hoping for a big turnout, and asking people to bring anyone who is somehow still undecided. The following will be in all the bulletins/programs:

    "Several years ago Trinity undertook a conversation about what it would mean to commit to being an Open and Affirming Congregation. The result was a firm decision to support and welcome the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the parish’s life and ministry. Today we are proud to advertise this commitment on our website and stationery as a signal that all are welcome in this parish.
    "Commitment to diversity means that Trinity shares God’s unconditional love and acceptance of all who feel excluded from the Christian community. Inclusivity isn’t about being trendy; it’s about living the Gospel. Our inclusiveness helps us fulfill our commitment to seek Christ in all people. Each year, we reaffirm these values and seek to become more knowledgeable about the current state of affairs with both a Martin Luther King Jr. sermon and a Matthew Shepard sermon."

    Join us if you can - 8 and 10:30 at Trinity (8th & James), Oct. 21.
  • metta

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    Oct 13, 2012 4:30 AM GMT

    LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Matthew Shepard
  • metta

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    Oct 06, 2014 6:19 PM GMT
    16 years ago today, on the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped and tortured in one of the most vicious and notorious hate crimes in U.S. history. Never regaining consciousness, Matthew succumbed to the severe injuries from the attack and died on October 12, 1998.

    From October 6-12th, the Matthew Shepard Foundation will honor Matt and all victims of hate by sharing special photos, videos, and other remembrances on their Facebook page, Twitter, website, etc. This week, please continue to check the Matthew Shepard Foundation page and support their online efforts to ‪#‎RememberMatt‬ and ‪#‎EraseHate‬.