The Laramie And Laramie Project Essay examples

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported on December 8th, 2014, “60.6% [out of] 1,402 hate crimes . . . based on sexual orientation [are] classified as anti-gay (male) bias” (Latest Hate Crime Statistics Report Released). Crimes against homosexuals have been reported nationwide, but a hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming changed the gay community. On October 12, 1998, twenty-one-year old Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and murdered by two young Laramie citizens because of Shepard’s sexual orientation. In The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Moises Kaufman and his team of interviewers uncovered Laramie’s many social problems, which led to individuals violently projecting their bias towards homosexuals. These individuals otherized homosexuals because of the public attitude, religion/ morals, education, and politics. These biases have led to social problems nationwide, but thanks to Matthew Shepard, homosexual awareness has spread nationwide, creating a homosexual movement. Laws have been passed throughout the nation, giving homosexuals equal rights. Although gender equality has made progress for homosexuals, hate still roams throughout the nation causing many violent crimes.
When observing Laramie in the Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later through a literary theory, the queer theory comes to mind. The queer theory is an approach that states sexual identity as flexible and individuals do not have a fixed sexual…

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