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 […]
It was déjà vu: For a second time in my life, I heard the edge of a breaking news story and I instantly knew that the rest of the story was going to be painful.
This time it was that there had been another mass shooting, this time at a nightclub in Orlando. That […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today marks 14 years since the passing of Matthew Shepard.
What strikes me now is how vivid my memories are of that week 14 years ago leading up to today, 14 years ago.
I was living on Braeside Drive, in Bloomington, in an apartment complex that I’ve done my best to forget—rarely pausing to recall […]
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 […]
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 […]