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Matthew Shepard

Matthew Wayne Shepard (Dec. 1, 1976 – Oct. 12, 1998) was an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyo., in October 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, and died a few days later at a hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., on October 12 from severe head injuries. During the trial it was widely reported that Shepard was targeted because he was gay. Shepard’s murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at both the state and federal levels. In October 2009, the U.S. Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Matthew Shepard Act for short), and on Oct. 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Why is a state historical society honoring a discredited book about Matthew Shepard?

LUKE BRINKER | Equality Matters | Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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The Wyoming State Historical Society honored a book that asserts college student Matthew Shepard wasn’t murdered because he was gay, but was instead killed in a drug-related incident – even though the book relies on wild extrapolation and questionable or anonymous sources and has been denounced as “fictional” by lawyers and investigators involved in the case.

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NBA donating proceeds of Jason Collins jersey sales to LGBT groups

| Friday, February 28, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.

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Jason Collins, who wears #98 in honor of their son, meets Matthew Shepard’s family

| Friday, February 28, 2014
From left: Dennis Shepard, Jason Collins, Judy Shepard, and Logan Shepard.
DENVER — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard’s parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in honor of their son. They also shared some laughs.

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Jason Collins’ #98 jersey honoring Matthew Shepard big seller at NBA store

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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NEW YORK — Jason Collins hasn't even worn his No. 98 jersey in a game yet, and already it's a big seller.

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Once bullied gay teen starts anti-bullying coalition to help other bullied kids

| Sunday, October 20, 2013
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TIPTON, Iowa -- NBC Nightly News on Sunday profiled 17-year-old Jake Stallman, a once bullied gay teen from eastern Iowa who decided he no longer could suffer in silence and now helps other kids who are bullied.

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Laramie, Wyoming, 15 years later: Reflections and looking forward

| Sunday, October 13, 2013
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As the sun sets on the Wyoming prairie and draws shadows into the neighboring foothills just west of the west, Jim Osborn opens the back door to let the dog outside and reflects on the October week that not only marks the annual global "Coming Out" day, but also the anniversary of the murder of his friend Matthew Shepard.

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Sandy Rios: Matthew Shepard murder a ‘complete fraud’

| Saturday, October 12, 2013
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Not only did American Family Association talk show host Sand Rios plug the ex-gay movement and warn that gay people are trapped in “a powerful web of deceit” during her Values Voter Summit speech yesterday, but she also cited Stephen Jimenez’s shoddy reporting on the Matthew Shepard case to call his murder a “complete fraud.”

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For Matthew Shepard and countless others, the work to erase hate continues

| Saturday, October 12, 2013
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Fifteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Wayne Shepard, a 21-year old college freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie. He was kidnapped, robbed, brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left die on the cold Wyoming prairie...

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Ole Miss chancellor: Gay slurs at student play a ‘learning opportunity’

| Wednesday, October 9, 2013
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GREENWOOD, Miss. — The chancellor of the University of Mississippi says the disruptions at a campus play with gay slurs and inappropriate laughter from the audience is an opportunity to educate students about tolerance.

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Ole Miss students, football team disrupt ‘Laramie Project’ play with gay slurs

| Thursday, October 3, 2013
Austin McAfee, AP
OXFORD, Miss. -- An audience consisting of mostly University of Mississippi students, including an estimated 20 Ole Miss football players, disrupted the University's theater department production of “The Laramie Project” Tuesday night, heckling cast members and shouting anti-gay slurs.

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