Anniversary of the attack and eventual MURDER of Matthew Wayne Shepard.

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    Oct 06, 2009 11:30 AM GMT
    Matthew was a student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, 1998 and died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries.

    During the trial, witnesses stated that Shepard was targeted because he was gay.Shepard's murder brought national, as well as international, attention to the issue of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.

    Are we as a community any better or safer 11 years later? It doesn't feel that way....
    be careful out there and be aware of your surroundings because there are those who hate us for being GAY and want us ALL DEAD.
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    Oct 06, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Sporty, You are gonna see a very diverse comment list on this sad anniversary. Many do not believe it was "gay hate" related and only had to do w/a drug deal gone wrong. Funny though in the big cities I have lived in over my life most of the drug deals gone wrong end up w/someone getting shot and killed, not beaten and strung up to slowly freeze to death on a fence post. Just kinda sad that even those close to and in the area where it happened seem to miss that small fact...
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    Oct 06, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    Well as I have mentioned before on RJ, the Matthew Shepard ordeal occurred at the time I was beginning to take steps toward the acceptance of my sexuality... it was the first time I saw what happened as "we" and not
    "them", meaning I saw Matthew as one of us and he was murdered ... his sexuality and who he was .. indeed a part of why he was killed.

    We've made some progress with "hate crimes" and society has moved forward, first with an understanding of these sorts of crimes and discrimination in general. Have we made enough? Not even close.
    I'm glad there are organizations like the "Matthew Shepard Foundation" that brings these questions of hate and discrimination (especially with younger people) in the proper light.

    Thanks Sporty for reminding us of the anniversary.....it almost went by here on RJ last year until I (and several others) really discussed it.
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    Oct 06, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    I think it would be fitting and worthwhile to send a message of support and thanks to the Shepard family via the Matthew Shepard Foundation:

    http://www.matthewshepard.org

    They have worked tirelessly since Matthew's death for federal hate crime legislation.
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    Oct 06, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    Ironic... I just had a little run in with my neighbor whom stated to me that one day he would do something to me outside a gay club. first of all not one i frequent anyway but still. Guy hates me cause Im gay and hates my family case well we are of hispanic orign. Long story but as the police have slowly been working a case agaisnt him, they said he never crossed the line. I think with that comment toward me he did. I wish I could elaborate more as I would like to but for the sake of a pending investigation and subsequent charges I won't. i have moved along since he died but no where near enough. When you can still be fired for being gay... yeah.... we have to stary working on getting this shit changed.