In Memorariam: Matthew Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998)
Linked to is an AP article on the event, and this YouTube video below:
The poster of that video, Michelle5451, writes:
This is for all you hate filled people who feel the need to spew your venom at people who live their lives different than your own. There is no bigger indication of self-hatred and deeply rooted fear than when a person throws hate and anger upon the world.
As if the story of Matthew Shepard isn't terrible enough - picture this, sit with it for awhile and bring it to mind the next time you want to attack a "fag," "dyke" or "homo" - when Matt was found 18 hours after his beating, his head and face were caked with dried blood, and in the blood on his face was a trail leading down his cheeks from his eyes. This tells us Matt had been awake at some point after his beating and before he fell into a coma, he knew what had been done to him, he was in pain, he was scared and perhaps, he knew he was going to die - and so, he cried. Tied to a fence, unable to move, brain damaged and dying - this man cried. Does that break your heart? It should...if you have one. If the story of Matt Shepard doesn't shock and disgust you far greater than the idea of two people of the same gender loving each other, you're the one not right with God.
Song written and performed by Melissa Etheridge. She wrote the song in memory of Matt Shepard.
And who can forget congresswoman, Virginia Foxx's, unconscionably callous remarks (note, Judy Shepard was on the House floor at the time):
Here’s what Exodus International has to say on the matter of hate crimes:
Thought Crimes Laws*
Exodus International believes that every human being is of equal value and worthy of the same treatment under the law. While Exodus International strongly opposes violent crimes and acts of aggression against any individual or group of individuals, thought crimes laws offer more legal protection to certain citizens based on their sexual preference alone. In addition, these laws pave the way to prosecute biblical beliefs about homosexuality, instead of prosecuting illegal actions that harm others.
* often called "hate crimes" laws by proponents
They want their religious hatred---and the consequences of it---protected at the expense of the safety of their LGBT brothers and sisters.
Excuse me while I vomit.
For more information see The Matthew Shepard Foundation.