The year-old University of Wyoming student's death sparked national outrage and conversation surrounding hate crimes in the U. LGBTQ groups are working to remember his legacy. Shepard's parents are shining a bright light on the life of their son.
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CASPER, Wyoming CNN -- As a wet snow fell on mourners outside, family and friends of Matthew Shepard gathered Friday afternoon in the Casper church where he was baptized to remember the gay college student beaten to death in an attack that moved and shocked the nation. The world's hearts you now have touched. The Rev. Royce Brown, rector of St.
Though neither he nor many other people here have seen it yet, Mr. Padgett says he feels pretty sure that "Brokeback Mountain," the new movie about gay cowboys in Wyoming, will not change those old rhythms of glad-handing very much. People here, he thinks, have gotten past seeing him as gay; to most of them he is now just Guy.
When Rev. In the years after the church declared its openness, average attendance at Sunday services had dwindled to 12 people. After serving as an interim minister in the area, Lundberg came across a position at the struggling church.
Unlike an ordinance, a resolution lacks legal teeth. Instead, Lundberg said it would act as a welcoming and inclusive gesture to both current and prospective community members. Because there are no statewide protections for LGBT people in Wyoming, they can be legally fired, denied housing or public accommodations because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
In the evening hours of Oct. At the Fireside, Shepard sat at the bar drinking from a bottle of imported beer. After somewhat more than an hour, he was approached by two men his own age: Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, high-school dropouts with roofing jobs. They had purchased a pitcher of beer with small change and eventually engaged Shepard in a conversation.
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Suspects Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were arrested shortly after the attack and charged with first-degree murder following Shepard's death. Significant media coverage was given to the killing and to what role Shepard's sexual orientation played as a motive in the commission of the crime. The prosecutor argued that McKinney's murder of Shepard was premeditated and driven by greed. McKinney's defense counsel countered that he had intended only to rob Shepard but had killed him in a rage when Shepard made a sexual advance toward him.