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18 Years: Matthew Shepard

For 18 years, October’s cooler weather and shorter days is a reminder that the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder is fast approaching.

It’s somewhat daunting to pause and reflect – how much I’ve changed. How much America and the world has changed. And how much has not changed at all.

I want what I write […]

15 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since I left the University of Wyoming for points east – and ultimately Germany.

Two months after moving to Bloomington, Laramie was in the news.

From the luxury of my home in Berlin, I can still think back to how I felt those 1998 October days […]

Should I be annoyed or not? Readings on Matthew Shepard at the University of Wyoming

One of these is not like the others….

The University of Wyoming campus bookstore has put “The Book of Matt” next to copies of “Losing Matt Shepard,” “The Meaning of Matthew,” and “The Laramie Project.”

These last three books are all about Matthew Shepard’s murder – The first written by a University of Wyoming […]

He wears 98: Jason Collins and why Matthew Shepard still matters.

Yesterday evening, while I was busy working on a project, two friends let me know that an NBA player had come out as gay.

Jason Collins, a 34-year-old, free agent, basketball player took the leap out of the closet in the pages of Sports Illustrated.

It’s cool and I would have let it float past […]

Making It Better: 13 Years After Matthew Shepard

As is with tradition, today is the day that I pause to reflect upon Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who was savagely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die.

Trying to avoid too much repetition this year (see 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, or any of the many times […]

Where we are, 12 years after Matthew Shepard.

University of Wyoming

It seems like the briefest of brief moments.

In reality, 12 long years since Matthew Shepard was murdered on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, have passed.

It’s reached the point where young gay men might never have heard his name, or if they have heard his name, they lack the context […]

Matthew Shepard matters.

Yesterday marked 11 years since the untimely death of Matthew Shepard.

I hope you’ll indulge me as I tackle Matthew Shepard more deeply today as I try to explore more about what he, his life, and his death meant and continues to mean to me.

As I noted yesterday, I would have more to say […]

Matthew Shepard, Ten Years Later

Society and people are transformed by major events.

I identify transformational events by the stories people tell. People tell me when, where, and how they heard the news that something transformational happened and what was different afterwards, even if the changes seem trivial now. These shared experiences help define generations and unite otherwise diverse people.

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More on Matthew Shepard

The Casper Star Tribune published an article reflecting on the aforementioned New York Times article:

One of those interviewed was Laramie Mayor Klaus Hanson, a retired University of Wyoming languages professor who taught Matthew Shepard.

Hanson sat for a video-taped, hour-long interview by Kaufman on Saturday.

On Wednesday, shortly after the Times article appeared on-line, […]

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Remember Matthew Shepard

1 December 1976 – 12 October 1998

Last Year