Shepard, Mathew Wayne, 1976-1998

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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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referencedIn Rudnick, Paul. Rude entertainment: typescript, 2001. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Public Law 111-84: An Act to Authorize Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010 for Military Activities of the Department of Defense, for Military Construction, and for Defense Activities of the Department of Energy, to Prescribe Military Personnel Strengths for Such Fiscal year, and for Other Purposes, 10/28/2009 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Matthew Shepard collection, 1983-2017 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Minnesota State University, Mankato. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Center. Collection, 1972-2002. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Library Services, Library Services
referencedIn Ember, Max. Anatomy of a hate crime : murder in Laramie : a screenplay / by Max Ember. Ohio University, Alden Library
referencedIn Matthew Shepard Web Archive, 1998-2008 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
Matthew Shepard Web Archive, 1998-2008 University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota. Collection, 1972 - Ongoing Minnesota State University, Mankato, Library Services, Library Services
referencedIn Papers of Kristi Parker, 1977-2010 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
creatorOf Shepard, Matthew, 1976-1998. Matthew Shepard : research materials. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
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associatedWith Bingham, Sallie person
associatedWith Ember, Max. person
associatedWith Matthew Shepard Foundation corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota State University, Mankato. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, Kristi person
associatedWith Rudnick, Paul. person
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Fort Collins CO US
Laramie WY US
Casper WY US
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Lesbian and gay experience
Gay youth--Biography
Hate crimes
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Birth 1976-12-01

Death 1998-10-12

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