The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike. His legacy lives on in thousands of people who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.
In October 1998 Matthew Sheppard was lured from a bar by two heterosexual men, and was taken to an unpopulated region, tied to a fence, and beaten because he was homosexual. He was found the following day by a cyclist and rushed to the hospital, where he later died.