Shepard, Mathew Wayne, 1976-1998

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1976-12-01
Death 1998-10-12
Gender:
Male
Americans

Biographical notes:

Matthew Wayne "Matt" Shepard (December 1, 1976, Casper, Wyoming – October 12, 1998, Fort Collins, Colorado) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, and left to die near Laramie on the night of October 6, 1998. He was taken by rescuers to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he died six days later from severe head injuries.

Shepard's murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels. In October 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (commonly the "Matthew Shepard Act" or "Shepard/Byrd Act" for short), and on October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. Following her son's murder, Judy Shepard became a prominent LGBT rights activist and established the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Shepard's death inspired notable films, novels, plays, songs, and other works.

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Subjects:

  • Homophobia
  • Lesbian and gay experience
  • Gay youth--Biography
  • Hate crimes
  • Gay college students

Occupations:

  • Students

Places:

  • Fort Collins, CO, US
  • Laramie, WY, US
  • Casper, WY, US