Oct. 7, 1998: Matthew Shepard is Beaten and Left to Die

matt_sheppardOn October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, robbed, and left tied to a wooden fence post outside Laramie, Wyoming; he died five days later.

His death helped awaken the nation to the persecution of homosexuals and their victimization as objects of hate crimes. A play about the incident (and later an HBO movie, “The Laramie Project”) has been performed all over the country.

Beyond Tolerance: A Resource Guide for Addressing LGTBQI Issues in Schools published by New York Collective of Radical Educators, is available as a free download. Learn more.

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