13 years ago today Matthew Shepard (Dec. 1, 1976 - Oct. 12, 1998) died in the hospital after being beaten and tied to a fence for being gay.
Rest in Peace Matthew. <3
We have come a long way since then but there is still so much more that needs to be done.
Today I will be protesting the drastic decline in a safe feeling for LGBT+ students on my university campus. Between a hate motivated physical assault, the verbal abuse of a student in a master’s program, a student being followed and intimidated by a group of males, and everything else that is going on throughout the world, we much stand up for ourselves.
Love is far more powerful than hate and we cannot allow hatred and intolerance to win out. We will stand strong. We will stand together. And we will honor the memory of Matthew and all others who have died or taken their own life due to hatred and intolerance.
Always remember that you are loved, and that someone is here to support you <3