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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 03:23 PM

He would have been 38 in a month and a half were it not for murderous homophobes.

Remembering Matthew


Today marks 16 years since the day we lost Matt Shepard. I know from the conversations Ive 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.

In a cold October not so long ago in a sparse and misunderstood place, one of the few things that a senseless act of violence could not take from Matthew Shepard was his honor. In living openly as himself, Matthew encountered a terrible force that countless thousands like himself have faced before and since. The force of hatred. He lost his life to it. But he and we did not lose what was true about him he had honored himself by being authentic, and honored those few of us fortunate enough to have known him, by being honest.

http://www.matthewshepard.org/

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Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Even after 16 years the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.

When Matt died in 1998, I was an advocate working for GLAAD. My story and my connection to his death are well documented, most recently in a TEDx talk at Claremont College. The memories and lessons of all I have ever done in relation to Matt's death, and of all subsequent work I've done with regard to hate crimes and so many other issues, inform, inspire and motivate me every day. Legacy.

My experience changed me forever and carries with it a deep responsibility to continue to tell the stories of LGBT people. October is forever bittersweet for me: I celebrate National Coming Out Day with both pride and painful memories of being in Laramie and mourning Matt's death with his friends and fellow students and community advocates, not only bearing witness to moments that were shared around the world though the media but knowing that, in the best way we could, we tried to ensure that the media coverage was as fair and accurate as possible. Legacy.

As Dennis Shepard said at Russell Henderson's plea bargain hearing (Henderson is one of Matt's killers, now spending the remainder of his life in prison), "good is coming from evil." And after 16 years that good continues. Yes, his murder sparked a national conversation not only about hate crimes but about LGBT lives in general. Yes, it began a process where our experience as LGBT people suddenly had more context in the broader culture. (It followed the coming out of Ellen DeGeneres in 1997, making the late '90s a very influential time for the cultural visibility of LGBT people.) In October 2009 I stood feet away from President Obama at a reception following the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Legacy.

more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cathy-renna/matthew-shepard-his-legacy-continues_b_5965980.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

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Homophobia kills!


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Reply He would have been 38 in a month and a half were it not for murderous homophobes. (Original post)
Behind the Aegis Oct 2014 OP
shenmue Oct 2014 #1
Solly Mack Oct 2014 #2
Rhinodawg Oct 2014 #3
bigwillq Oct 2014 #4
blkmusclmachine Oct 2014 #5
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irisblue Oct 2014 #6
LoisB Oct 2014 #7
ReRe Oct 2014 #8
nomorenomore08 Oct 2014 #9
ColesCountyDem Oct 2014 #10
herding cats Oct 2014 #11
TBF Oct 2014 #12
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Little Star Oct 2014 #13
hopemountain Oct 2014 #14
Rhinodawg Oct 2014 #15
Liberal_in_LA Oct 2014 #16
Spider Jerusalem Oct 2014 #17
KinMd Oct 2014 #19
sheshe2 Oct 2014 #18
Bohunk68 Oct 2014 #20
Scarsdale Oct 2014 #21
Stargazer99 Oct 2014 #22
raven mad Oct 2014 #23
fizzgig Oct 2014 #24
sdfernando Oct 2014 #25
SidDithers Oct 2014 #26
JustAnotherGen Oct 2014 #27

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 03:27 PM

1. Mercy

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 03:28 PM

2. K&R

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 03:40 PM

3. In remembrance .

 

Thanks for posting.

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 03:42 PM

4. K and R (nt)

 

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 04:39 PM

5. So sad.

 

Religion kills


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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 04:42 PM

6. .

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 05:31 PM

7. Thank you for posting.

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 05:38 PM

8. K&R Forever

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 05:55 PM

11. Homophobia kills.

Hate and bigotry are a lethal mix.

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 05:56 PM

12. I spent time

in the mid 90s doing social security claims for AIDS patients. As someone who grew up in a very small town and didn't have much experience with this type of thing it was very eye-opening. Families who would completely shut out the patients' loving partners - wouldn't let them visit in the hospital or attend the inevitable funerals. We at least could do the legal work to get their SS denials overturned and write wills. I will never forget that.

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 06:15 PM

13. .

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 06:17 PM

14. remembered...


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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 08:53 PM

15. K/r

 

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 10:43 PM

16. doesnt seem likeit hasbeen 16 years

 

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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 10:59 PM

17. And sadly we haven't come as far as we'd like to think

the state of California is the first state to explicitly disallow the "gay panic" defence in murder cases...and that law was only enacted a few weeks ago. And meanwhile the LGBT community continue to experience disproportionate levels of violence (especially gay and transgender people of colour). NB that hate crimes against transgender people are not covered by Federal hate crime laws and aren't included in FBI reporting statistics; the stats they have are those reported from local police agencies and may understate the scope and extent of the issue.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #17)

Mon Oct 13, 2014, 01:39 AM

19. The "Gay Panic" defence didn't work in this case..

the two scumbags that killed Matthew Shepard are doing life without parole. Gay Panic would seem such a ludicrous defense anyway, like one you'd use when you've got nothing else

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Oct 13, 2014, 01:10 AM

18. Tears~

Behind the Aegis

For dear Mathew~ and all the love in my heart for his sweet soul.

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 08:20 AM

20. Our local theater group did a free presentation

of The Laramie Project and Ten Years After, last year. I read several of the parts including Dennis' testimony at sentencing and the partof the 52 year-old gay man at the Pride parade. It was a heavy read and the audience was in tears when I finished Dennis' testimony. I had to stop several times during it because I choked up as I read it.

Matthew died before he could love or be loved and that is the real tragedy.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Mon Oct 13, 2014, 08:30 AM

21. Afraid

What are straight people afraid of - being "converted"? Live and let live. This was a very dark period in this country, and unfortunately it is not over yet. Will it EVER be? Bigots always think they are right in every instance.

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 12:00 PM

22. religious fundamentalism was the source of this murder

fundamentalism is the American ISIS, both kill (in spirit also...not just the body) if you do not believe as they do. think about it

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 01:00 PM

23. K&R

Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage has just been overturned by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess.

Matthew, your legacy is not forgotten.

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 01:54 PM

24. matthew died in the hospital in my city

i was in high school and remember the sorrow, the tears and the vigils. my mom used to run into him at the gay bar in town and said he was a very nice young man.

no peep about it from the local rag this weekend. shocking

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 02:02 PM

25. Peacefull Rest Matthew

A truly sad day for me. I was a total wreck the day he passed, not being able to work I went home and cried. I never knew or met Matt and to this day I don't know why his death affected me so much but I still tear up at the mention of his name.

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 02:15 PM

26. DU rec...



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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 02:31 PM

27. Kick

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