Earlier In 2018 Matthew Shepard was finally interred in a place of honor in the Washington National Cathedral.
My friends and I in the gay community in northern Utah were rocked to our core by the senseless murder of Matthew Shepard back in 1998. Not only were the details horrible, but the college town of Laramie, Wyoming was similar to my town of Ogden, Utah. As a lesbian who had only been open about my sexuality for a few years, the striking reality of what homophobia could lead people to do lingered in my mind. Standing in Dupont Circle 20 years later, holding a candle in the dark with a couple hundred strangers, I recalled the feelings of horror I felt when I learned about his murder. And yet, despite that, it was affirming to hear the words of the speakers calling on people to continue to protect marginalized communities from violence.