THE MATTHEW SHEPARD ANNIVERSARY: Fighting Against Hatred.....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 15, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    As most of you know, the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's beating in Wyoming occurred this last week and his death last Sunday.

    This event was particularly difficult to me because of the changes I was having in my own personal life at the time. It was the first time I ever viewed an event such as this as being an attack "on us" rather than an attack against "gays" meaning "them" (which I had previously). Since I had just started seeing my one and only bf at the time, we spent alot of time talking about "what, why and how" something like this could have happened.

    I have been impressed with the efforts of the Matthew Shepard Foundation
    www.matthewshepard.org and of his parents.

    Take a moment this week and refresh yourself with what happened.. and why.. and give a moment of silence for Matthew.


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    Oct 17, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    One of the most horrific hate crimes I know of, and a turning point in the fight against homophobia in North America.

    I strongly suspect the two culprits had some repressed same-sex desires that they were ashamed of. Pity they did not deal with them the way most people do. Accept them and live a productive life. Instead they torture and murder a guy that is 5 foot 2 inches and 115 pounds. Pretty sick.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Oct 17, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidOne of the most horrific hate crimes I know of, and a turning point in the fight against homophobia in North America.

    I strongly suspect the two culprits had some repressed same-sex desires that they were ashamed of. Pity they did not deal with them the way most people do. Accept them and live a productive life. Instead they torture and murder a guy that is 5 foot 2 inches and 115 pounds. Pretty sick.



    You know sometimes I think the world is gone mad.

    You have to wonder what goes on in the minds of people like that.

    Rest In Peace Matthew.
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    Oct 18, 2008 1:39 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan,

    Thanks for this thread and for the reminder that this is the 10th anniversary. It's so easy for people to forget. That was such a horrible event. I'm glad the Foundation exists to keep his memory alive.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 18, 2008 12:08 PM GMT
    Yes ... this Is something that can never be forgotten

    If you guys haven't see The Laramie Project
    about this murder
    If it comes to your town .. see it
    it's about the aftermath of this crime and deals head on with the changes and thoughts of the towns people after this horrible murder