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  • Matthew Shepard: The legacy of a gay college student 20 years after his brutal murder.

    10/26/2018 8:11:28 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10-26-2018 | ROBERT ZEPEDA & EMILY SHAPIRO
    Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was a "smart, funny" 21-year-old, no different than any other young man that age. He was an "ordinary kid who wanted to make the world a better place," his parents remembered. But in October 1998, that all changed, when the openly gay college student was abducted, beaten and tied to a fence in Wyoming. His life ended a few days later, and with it came a widespread awareness of the dangers that members of the LGBTQ community face every day. The homophobic brutal killing also served as a catalyst for progress in America's laws and...
  • Matthew Shepard to be interred at Washington National Cathedral after public service

    10/16/2018 6:27:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | 10-11-2018 | David Paulsen
    Twenty years after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard sparked national outrage, his ashes will be interred at Washington National Cathedral following a public service of remembrance. The Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard on Oct. 26 will be led by Washington Bishop Marian Budde and retired New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop and an acquaintance of the Shepard family. Until now, Shepard’s parents had not settled on a final resting place for his remains out of concern the site would be vandalized. As they approached 20 years since...