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ADDED ON: 10/14/2018

Matthew Shepard Murder: 20 Years on Where do LGBT Rights Stand in America?

10/12/2018 | The Independent

It has been 20 years since Matthew Shepard died, days after being brutally tortured and tied to a fence in Colorado. Shepard’s death gained national coverage in the United States, and pushed public sentiment in support of new legislation to address hate crimes in the country — a process that took many years to become federal law. On the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s death, here is a look back at what happened, and what has happened since. Shepard, a gay man, was killed after meeting up with the two men who would eventually murder him, Aaron McKinney and Russel Henderson, at the Fireside Lounge in Laramie, Colorado. Each man was in their early twenties, and Shepard was almost 22.

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