The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63998   Message #1044257
Posted By: katlaughing
29-Oct-03 - 10:23 PM
Thread Name: BS: Matthew Shepard (1976-1998)
Subject: RE: BS: Matthew Shepard
My daughter in Casper just called to say the town of Laramie is taking down the monument of the ten commandments in hopes of thwarting this asshole's attempt to vilify Matthew. I am truly proud of Wyoming, today. I knew they would take them down rather than give him any legal reason to plant his crap.

Mickey, I don't know if my brother was waving or not, but he and the majority of Casperites and Wyomingites were "agin" this creep and turned out in full force to silence him. When the funeral started the sky was blue. As his crowd gathered, behind barriers the police confined them to, my brother said it was uncanny, as if heaven sought to silence him, too, as huge, dark clouds came out of nowhere and a very noise-dampening snow began to fall. Most people felt it was a very significant sign from nature/god/whathaveyou.

That day I was swamped with emails as I'd designed a simple "No hate in Wwoming, the Equality State" sign for which we had requests from all over the country. Ordinary people from California to Florida emailed me for a jpg, so they could print them out and hang them in the windows of their cars, businesses, and homes, as we were doing in WY. It was an intense few days and while incredibly shocking and sad, I've never been prouder of Americans.

Rest in Peace, Matthew. After five years this still stirs up a lot of emotions and memories. He was from the same Episcopal church as my brother.