Gay College Student At The University Of Wyoming

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Born on December 1, 1976 in Casper, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming (Worthen). Studying political science, Shepard “wanted to pursue a Foreign Service career after college” (Worthen). On October 6, 1998 Shepard met Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at a local bar in Laramie, Wyoming (Worthen). Unaware of the two men’s true motivations, Shepherd left the bar with McKinney and Henderson and drove away with them to a rural area in Laramie (Worthen). Eighteen hours later, Matt Shepard was found barely alive, beaten, and strapped to a wooden fence (Worthen). According to the police report, Shepard had been pistol-whipped multiple times across the face and left to die in the freezing early morning temperatures of the Wyoming backcountry (Worthen). Four days after he was found, Matt Shepard died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado due to significant brain injuries (Worthen). Matt Shepard’s death sparked a media frenzy that focused on one central idea: Matt Shepard, a gay young man was brutally murdered because of his sexual orientation. Shepard’s death caused a massive outbreak of protesting as prominent people in the LGBTQ community spoke out in opposition against discrimination (Loffreda 247). However, one of the more interesting responses during this time of anger, grief, and protesting was that of the faculty of the University of Wyoming (Loffreda 248-249). Beth Loffreda is an author and teacher at
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