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True Flight

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Since: 08-21-04

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Posted on 10-12-11 08:07 PM Link | Quote

From The Huffington Post
The story of Matthew Shepard began on December 1, 1976 when he was born to Judy and Dennis Shepard in Casper, Wyoming. He went to public school in Casper until his junior year of high school when he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia. Matt had to finish his high school education at The American School in Switzerland because there were no American high schools in Saudi Arabia at the time. In both high schools, he was elected by his peers to be a peer counselor. He was easy to talk to, made friends easily and actively fought for the acceptance of all people. Matt had a great passion for equality. His experiences abroad fueled his love for travel and gave him the chance to make many new friends from around the world. Matt's college career eventually took him back to Wyoming where he studied political science, foreign relations and languages at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 went against everything that Matt embodied. Two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, led him to a remote area east of Laramie, Wyoming. He was tied to a split-rail fence where the two men severely assaulted him. He was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later, he was found by a bicyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow. Matt died on October 12 at 12:53 a.m. at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family by his side. His memorial service was attended by friends and family from around the world and garnered immense media attention that brought Matt's story to the forefront of the fight against bigotry and hate. The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt's legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt's life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike. His legacy lives on in thousands of people like you who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.


Just so you know this was when I first heard of the WBC and all their crap they started. Can't believe it's been 13 years since then.
Rogue
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Since: 08-17-04

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Posted on 10-12-11 08:29 PM Link | Quote
Yeah, they fly all over the place to picket whenever there's a production of "The Laramie Project."

When they tried to fly out to England to picket a production there, they were stopped and now Fred Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper are not allowed in the UK.


(Last edited by Rogue on 10-12-11 08:30 PM)
Elara

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Since: 08-15-04
From: Ferelden

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Posted on 10-12-11 10:43 PM Link | Quote
I love the British for that, by the way.

Such a sad event. I still remember hearing about it on the news. I think that was the first time I heard of those jerks as well.

See, we should replace Columbus Day with a day for Matthew Shepard and have it be a celebration of tolerance. I think that would be a much more worthwhile holiday.
Cteno

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Since: 01-11-05

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Posted on 10-17-11 11:19 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Elara
See, we should replace Columbus Day with a day for Matthew Shepard and have it be a celebration of tolerance. I think that would be a much more worthwhile holiday.

I wholeheartedly support this motion. Maybe a petition would be able to be brought into light...?
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