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Matthew Shepard 20 Years Ago Today

October 6, 2018

Twenty years ago today Matthew Shepard was beaten, left for dead, tied to a fence in Wyoming. The only part of his face not covered in blood were two white lines running down his cheeks from where his tears ran. His death ignited our fight for gay rights and equality.

  1. October 6, 2018 9:43 PM

    The ugly side of the nation does seem to be on the increase. It seems to me that their has been kind of license given to a certain element that thinks it is now OK to act in such a way that before was simply not allowed and generally termed as being unacceptable. I get that there were large KKK rallies in our nation–but for decades that was viewed as not to be considered as legitimate. With Charlottesville not absolutely condemned from the WH it is one of those events where the lowest among us are allowed to think their acts rise to the level of acceptance. Very sad indeed.

  2. October 6, 2018 6:45 PM

    Some might argue that our nation has been in a steep decline ever since. I don’t so much chalk it up to Matthew’s murder as to say that this was a symptom of a much deeper disease… which is crawling out of the closet now, both guns a-blazing. We saw it in Charlottesville last summer. We saw in in Kavanaugh’s nomination today. To paraphrase Merle Haggard, I’m afraid that the good times are really over for good.

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