July 2020


Matthew Wayne Shepard, † October 12, 1998

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 […]

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 […]

Out of 2000: Snooker in Berlin

Sometimes I feel like I’m far away from 2,000 and then there are times I suddenly realize that I should be there by the end of this month, depending upon the rate at which I keep posting.

Today, offering her thoughts, is Snooker in Berlin.

When Adam asked me to comment on one of my […]

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 […]

Eleven Years.

Matthew Wayne Shepard

December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998

thoughts tomorrow after I see the new epilogue to The Laramie Project

Pause for reflection, College of Arts & Sciences, U. Wyoming.


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 […]

Laramie Project, 10 Years Later

Thankfully I didn’t make a decision about my October trip yesterday.

This morning I saw a Tweet by @milkjosh:

Laramie Project: Ten Years Later ~ A film about murdered gay teen Matthew Shepard ~ http://digs.by/A0

After seeing this, I did a bit of research–read an article in The New York Times. The authors of the […]

Emotional Wallowing

Of late, in my leisure time I’ve been wallowing in depressing things.

The soundtrack for Rent has been played through multiple times, I’ve started reading materials related to Heart Mountain, and, if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been reviewing materials related to Matthew Shepard.

I can’t really explain the Rent thing—there haven’t been any changes in […]

Another Ten-Year Anniversary

From October 1998 through July 1999, I managed to have all three of the places I’d been lucky enough to call home drug through the mud.

I’ve already talked about the tenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder—which took Laramie, Wyoming, and made it a buzz word for hate and homophobia.

Today, April 20, was the […]