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19 years, but who’s counting?

Last weekend I was in Chicago, where I caught up with one of my early gay IU friends. We talked about a number of things – including the coming out process and what it was like to come out (whether to ourselves or to others) at Indiana University in the late 1990s.

But the thing […]

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 […]

17: Matthew “Matt” Wayne Shepard – * December 1, 1976; †October 12, 1998

Matthew Shepard is a man who is often on my thoughts, with increasing frequency as early October rolls around.

It was October 6, 1998, when Aaron Kreifels had an accident with his bicycle, looked up, wondered about a scarecrow – only to realize that the scarecrow was a human being, Matthew Shepard.

Tuesday, Matthew Shepard […]

Matthew Wayne Shepard, † October 12, 1998

Wow, another year has rolled around.

This doesn’t feel as raw as it did the first time, but I still go back through the memories of everything I felt that week, when I was in Bloomington, Indiana, and all the attention was on Laramie, Wyoming.

With distance – both in terms of time (16 years […]

18:00 CET – I have a hangover – The Reckoning has come

Remember, it’s 10:00 in Laramie, a mere 9 hours after I got back to my hotel from drinking beer at Altitude Brewery. Foolishly I had three Reckonings, and the Reckoning has come.

Actually I felt fine when I got back to the hotel – 20 minutes later I was feeling terrible – […]

18:00 CET: I took the (cute) bus to downtown Laramie

It’s Thursday in Laramie, Wyoming, and I decided to go downtown to do a little shopping and a little coffee drinking – and while I could have driven downtown in, uh, give or take 5 minutes, I took the Gem City Grand Bus Route – which, between my hotel and downtown, makes […]

18:00 CET: Traveling down Colfax at 10 in the morning… on the way to Wyoming

Tuesday morning, before heading north, I went to a coffee shop in order to get caught up on my email—for while I might be on vacation, some aspects of work need somewhat regular attention.

I found myself on Colfax Avenue at 18:00 CET – a warm, sunny, Tuesday morning at 10 in Denver.

UW Homecoming: Fair Weather Fan

I need to clean it off.

Back at IU I had a friend who proudly told me that he was one of those terrible “fair weather fans.” He paused for a beat and then informed me that when the weather was fair, he would go.

Today it’s cold and snowy in Laramie. My car […]

Visiting the University of Wyoming

More Trees!

Friday was all about the University of Wyoming and its environs.

Let me be quick and direct: The campus looks more beautiful than it ever did when I was a student here. Additionally significant changes have been made to both the Wyoming Union and to Coe Library, rendering both nearly unrecognizable—and I […]

Today’s Forecast: Cold with Snow plus Homosexuality in Laramie

After spending two nights in Pinedale, I woke up this morning to a weather forecast that was anxiety raising: Cooler with the potential for snow over parts of the state.

I ended up doing the morning ablutions rapidly, before heading out on the road. I stopped in Boulder (Wyoming) to eat breakfast before continuing my […]