Twenty years ago Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student from the University of Wyoming, was beaten and killed because of his sexual orientation.
On Sunday, a Grammy award-winning choir performed “Considering Matthew Shepard” as part of a memorial service for Matthew at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. The three-part oratorio was inspired by Shepard’s murder.
In 1998, Shepard and his friend, Jason Marsden, were a part of the small gay community in Casper, Wyoming.
“Matthew Shepard’s death was really the first time that the media and the general public really took a look at the phenomenon of anti-LGBT hate crimes,” said Marsden.
In the two decades since Shepard’s death, anti-hate crime laws have been passed in his name, and same-sex marriage became legal.
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