On the night of October 6-7, 1998, Matthew Shepard was taken to a remote, rural area where he was beaten cruelly by Aaron McKinney and Russel Henderson because of their ignorance and intolerance of the LGBTQ community. After giving Matthew Shepard a senseless beating, they robbed him and left him for dead. Eighteen hours later he was found by a cyclist and brought to Poudre Valley Hospital, where he died 4 days later on October 12, 1998 from his injuries. According to his father Matthew Shepard was “an optimistic and accepting young man who had a special gift of relating to almost everyone. He was the type of person who was very approachable and always looked to new challenges. Matthew had a great passion for equality and always stood up for the acceptance of people’s differences.” We remember Matthew Shepard this week, please keep him and his family in your thoughts. This horrible instance should remind us that the fight for equality is still not over, and that we need to attack the plague of intolerance with the sword of love and understanding.
If you would like to make a donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the link can be found at matthewshepard.org under the donation tab. “With your help [the Matthew Shepard Foundation] can continue [their] work to share Matthew’s dream of replacing the hate in the world with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.”