Posts tagged ‘Matthew Shepard’

October 13, 2014

Matthew Sheppard Died Today.

Let’s all honor his life. His parents said it all.  We are all Matthew Shepard.

April 8, 2014

My Interview with Matthew Shepard’s Parents – Judy & Dennis

Aired April 8, 2014 on ieTV, Trinidad.

June 4, 2012

The Laramie Project – This Is Important.

Wow. Thanks to Apolo DAzhero on Google + for pointing this out to me.  You need to watch this.

Moisés Kaufman and members of New York’s Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard’s visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real news reports with actors portraying friends, family, cops, killers, and other Laramie residents in their own words. It concludes with a Laramie staging of “Angels in America” a year after Shephard’s death.

January 17, 2012

Second Class Citizens

Completely US  specific but excellent. Via George Takei

December 1, 2011

Matthew Shepard’s Birthday and World AIDS Day.

December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998

The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 went against everything that Matt embodied. Two men, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, led him to a remote area east of Laramie, Wyoming. He was tied to a split-rail fence where the two men severely assaulted him. He was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later, he was found by a bicyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow. Matt died on October 12 at 12:53 a.m. at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado with his family by his side. His memorial service was attended by friends and family from around the world and garnered immense media attention that brought Matt’s story to the forefront of the fight against bigotry and hate. The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike.  His legacy lives on in thousands of people like you who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation

To all those lost to disease and hatred and to the hope for a better tomorrow.

November 23, 2010

Dedicated to Seth Walsh

I am still in Curacao but after an internet conversation with my friend ( and Super-Dad)  Eric  I decided that we should all pause and remember an amazing kid who killed himself as a result of bullying. A bright light that has gone out but who lives on in millions of us. A little kid whose death has spurred many of us into not being silent and speaking out on behalf of all who are different.

Too often the internet is about short-lived things. Many of us refuse to let Seth and others be a forgettable media focus. Seth has changed lives without ever knowing his little tortured soul was that memorable. It is. I have changed my blog and  decided that whatever I do can’t be enough. Eric has started a field of study to make a difference. I can only imagine the other lives that Seth has changed.  We are determined to  stop future generations of LGBT kids being tortured and disparaged for just existing and celebrating who they are.

It is time ,we decide that every time a Matthew Shepard dies alone on a fence or a little Seth puts a noose around his neck they cause a million sparks.Those sparks should make us all work to prevent  this ever happening again. It is still happening every day. Don’t just sit there – visibility is power.

And a dedication:

October 13, 2010

In memory of Matthew Shepard


A beautiful life lost and a horror that persists.


I wanted this to have a separate entry. I will leave it to GLAAD’s blog to sum it up for me. And if you are a journalist I would urge you to download the GLAAD guidelines for journalists.

In any case here is GLAAD’s article on Matthew Shepard. Read it and weep as we all should.

September 29, 2010

Promises, promises

I hereby vow that once I finish the content for this Fodor’s iPhone app and  even before I see the end of this working non-stop thing ( 12 days and counting) I will upload a blog entry. I think the problem , other than the fact I am working at the station every day, is that I sort of  vent sufficiently on Twitter and Facebook not to mention expressing myself on camera.

I will say that thanks to @mudlarklives on Twitter I was angry all day reading about  a 13 year old boy who ended his life thanks to bullying.  The headline says a lot – click on it and then come back.

“Just another dead gay kid, age 13”

I am reaching the point in my life that I have no tolerance for groups that condone hate. That is not even true. I am at the point that I will no longer tolerate such groups and I will now actively engage them in person, on Twitter or any other site they go on. There are too many kids that could be celebrating their difference and living wonderful lives that are dying as a result of ignorance and religious stupidity. I am not religious but if the message in Christianity that you absorb is not one of love and not judging but rather one of hatred – you have issues that need psychiatric intervention.

We have also had the issue in the Caribbean of  Jamaican performer and inveterate homophobe  Buju Banton having a cocaine matter in the US courts. Some commenting wags have suggested that he is being framed by some gay conspiracy . Perhaps they haven’t noticed that if the gay lobby were such a powerful group in Florida they might have made it a more friendly state in terms of equality. The performer is now awaiting a second trial because of a hung jury. I would suggest that were he in Canada he would be serving time already for hate crimes.

I have heard from some here in the Caribbean that homophobia is part of the culture and that one must be patient and work towards tolerance. I respectfully suggest that if someone said they “tolerate” black people they would be executed at dawn.  One should either accept difference  or simply say they hate. To me tolerance is what you do when you put up with a bad smell or an annoying habit. If it is part of Caribbean culture  to tell a significant part of its population that it is morally repugnant and doesn’t count then the Caribbean is ignorant and needs to get educated quickly. I find it ironic that religion leads a formerly oppressed group to oppress another.  And that is my problem. This is the last stand of accepted  bigotry. If they are waiting for a genetic explanation for homosexuality it will still not help because last time I checked race was genetic too.

I didn’t mean for this to be more than a sentence or two promise to blog but the death of poor 13 year old Asher Brown because of  bigotry and hatred makes me angry. Very angry. Like Matthew Shepard it cannot be allowed to be a death in vain.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls…

And this is the solution

P.S. I wrote this in a moment of tremendous anger and hurt and it may be flawed  but I am deliberately not taking it down or changing it. Anger and hurt have validity .