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    Hate crime or robbery gone wrong, is the central question the people are trying to find out. In the town of Laramie, Matthew Shepard was murdered and now the Tectonic Play theatre are here to see how the town has changed, how the murder is seen through media and how people feel about his murder, even ten years later. Throughout the play a major theme is how the town has grown from the murder of Matthew Sheppard. There are so many different programs, theme nights and even projects done at the university to make people feel more comfortable. Dave O’Malley states, “Last year we raised around twenty-two thousand dollars. And five thousand dollars at drag queen bingo alone! I mean we have had the drag queen bingo at cowboy bar, Jim and Jason and…

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    Matthew Shepard Case

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    On October 6,1998, Matthew Shepard was left to die after accepting a ride home from two Caucasian males who beat and tortured him in Laramie, Wyoming. These two men assumed Matthew Shepard was gay and decided it was their duty to rid him of his existence. The two men who inflicted this gruesome act on Matthew Shepard weren’t prosecuted because of the law from 1969. About 35,000 hate crimes go unreported every year and this is for the LGBT communities alone, (LGBT Foundation, 2015). So many hate…

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    being discriminated? Matthew Shepard was an early-twenties college man, who was sweet, kind, outgoing, and caring. But he was also gay. This affected the way people looked at Matthew. Some with disgust, and some with open-heartedness. But for a Matthew Shepard, it was his final day, he was looked upon with disgust. This lead to his murder.The Matthew Shepard Act is an American Act of Congress, passed on October 22, 2009, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on October 28, 2009, as a…

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    in January 2002. “Moisés Kaufman and members of New York's Tectonic Theatre Project went to Laramie, Wyoming after the murder of Matthew Shepard. This is a film version of the play they wrote based on more than 200 interviews they conducted in Laramie. It follows and in some cases re-enacts the chronology of Shepard's visit to a local bar, his kidnap and beating, the discovery of him tied to a fence, the vigil at the hospital, his death and funeral, and the trial of his killers. It mixes real…

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    Group Members: Victoria Tronzo Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Planned by one of Matt’s old childhood friends, this is the behind the famous story of Matt Shepard who was brutally beaten for being gay. His family’s side of the story has already been told, but this accounts of the tale of who Matt was to his friends. Matt Shepard became famous when he was brutally beaten and on the verge of death from a robbery gone wrong. Because Matt was gay, the assailants thought he would be an easy target,…

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    The play The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project describes the situation of twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard. Matthew was known to be homosexual and found himself in a life or death situation when he was attacked by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney. Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and passed away after being comatose for five days. The perpetrators were arrested for a number of things including kidnapping and first degree murder.…

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    Matthew Shepard was an American college student at the university of Wyoming, he lived a decently normal life. However, since he was young he was targeted because of his lack of athleticism and his small stature. Saudi Aramco hired his father in the summer of 1994, and Shepard's parents then lived at the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp in Dhahran. During that time, Shepard attended the American School in Switzerland, from which he graduated in May 1995. There, he joined in theater and took German…

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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…

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    Laramie Analysis

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    Mathew Shepard, the young gay man who was murdered, in a less than positive manner. We see how casually the residents use these words within the interviews that were conducted. It becomes very clear the LGBTQ+ community is not accepted when people like Doc O’Conner refer to gay individuals as “the gay people, queens, you know, the run around faggot type people”(Kaufman 32). We also hear from a young lesbian woman, Catherine Connolly, working at the University of Wyoming. On her first day at her…

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    The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, offers a commentary on homosexuality and living as a minority in the United States. As a gay man, Matthew Shepard represents a small minority in the overwhelmingly conservative town of Laramie, Wyoming. In Laramie, the population is largely straight and 89.39% Caucasian. These demographics represent one of the most reserved political views of rural republicanism. Rural republicans are largely…

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