Stereotypes In The Laramie Project

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“The Laramie Project” was a movie played by a group of people showing the reaction to the 1998 murder of a gay student in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was criticized as a hate crime and brought attention to Laramie, Wyoming. The town was well known as a friendly place until Shepard’s death. This incident was an awful tragedy that discolors the name and reputation of the town. I was surprised to see that people would kill someone based on their sexuality. In 21st century, being homosexual is no longer illegal and they can openly get married. I can’t imagine the life that homosexuals were having previously, because they were treated differently as compared to others and living their live in fear. After watching “The Laramie Project,” I have reflected …show more content…
The reason why people don’t accept homosexual is because of stereotyping. In my opinion, people who stereotype are usually affected by the society, because they were taught that being homosexual is not normal. People who stereotype are narrow-minded, and lack of education. Those who believe gay stereotypes may also believe that homosexuality are immoral, wrong, and an abomination. People in Wyoming were not exposed enough to accept homosexuals. Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson were the examples of people who stereotype that go against homosexuals. Hence, they decided to attack and murder Matthew. Even though the people of Laramie were not at complete fault of what happened to Matthew, they played a part in creating stereotypes toward homosexuals. As a result, they gave Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson the impression that Matthew being gay is unacceptable to the society. So they attacked and murdered Matthew without even thinking if it is morally correct or wrong to do as they already felt that homosexuals behave immorally. Although some people do not accept homosexual in their belief, but they have no authority to take away someone’s life. The message of being open-minded should be spread through the world to stop …show more content…
Many people in the town felt that there was no issue for homosexual to live in this town. Even if there is an issue, it will not exist if the issue was not brought up. It has been mentioned multiple times during the interviews that gay people are accepted there as long as they did not go around prancing and telling everyone that they are gay. A man who lives in Wyoming talked about his experience in Laramie Project about being a gay man in Wyoming. As a gay living in Wyoming, he said that he chose to travel all the way to a gay bar in Denver, and surprisingly he met a lot of gay men from Wyoming in the gay bar. They think that Laramie is not the right place for gay to live, so they decided to leave Laramie. Therefore, I do not agree with the saying of “Live and let live.” It does not make sense that the gay people would go down to the gay bar at Denver if Laramie were “Live and let live.” Not only that, homosexuals still feel scared to tell others about their sexuality. In other words, they are living in fear. A lady of the Lesbian and gay faculty even mentioned that the other lesbians were scared to be seen around her just because she is a lesbian. I feel they would not reacted this way if Laramie was

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