LGBTQ* People You Should Know
This week marks 13 years since the brutal beating, act of hate and death of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student at the University of Wyoming. Matthew was brutally beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence post on the outskirts of the small town of Laramie on October 7th, 1998. He was not discovered until 18 hours after his attackers left him Due to the severity of his injuries, Matthew died five days later on October 12.
Matthew’s story was the fist/punch heard around the world. His death became the catalyst for a generation’s fight for just laws and equal protection.
Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project would go on to create a theatre piece titled THE LARAMIE PROJECT (and a follow up ten years later).
Melissa Etheridge paid tribute to him with her song Scarecrow.
(to learn more visit the Matthew Shepard Foundation)