Skip to comments.School district cancels play, gay-rights group plans protest "The Laramie Project" Matthew Shepard
Posted on 08/04/2007 5:17:23 PM PDT by Coleus
School Superintendent Thomas M. Pagano told the newspaper he stands by the principal. However, the superintendent conceded he may be wrong and the board has the authority to override the decision.
Gay-rights group Garden State Equality plans to protest at the school board's Aug. 28 meeting.
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Does the play represent the truth, that this was a drug deal that went bad?
Should he have beenm murdered? No. But come ON, how many non-gay murders have their been since this guy was killed in the process of looking for rough trade?
Great, now they’re protesting NOT showing their propoganda.
“Does the play represent the truth, that this was a drug deal that went bad?
Quote from the article: “”The Laramie Project” is the true story about the murder of Matthew Shepard.”
You mean about how he was killed for drug money and not because he was gay?
You mean how he was a promiscuous homosexual endangering his life and others by sleeping with any male who was interested?
You mean about he was never actually a gay martyr, but this teenage boy, Jesse Dirkhising, was martyr for the lusts of two homosexual murders who repeatedly raped him and killed him: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3827/is_200104/ai_n8935748
Is that what we’re talking about?
Oh, I didn’ think so. Imagine that.
It’s been pointed out that a lot of homosexuals who are assaulted are not actually “innocent victims”, because they either sexually solicited, or used gender deception to sexually solicit those who attacked them.
And while it is no excuse to physically attack them for making an unwanted sexual advance, the latter group, those who dress as women with intention to deceive, do perform a degree of what might even be called “misdemeanor fraud.”
While the real costs incurred by a heterosexual deceived by a false female are usually limited, it does rise to the level of petty fraud, because it often results in deep embarrassment, public humiliation, and even the loss of potential relationships with others who do not wish to be compared with a “cross dresser.”
And it is even worse if the “transgender” individual is undergoing body modification to change their apparent gender. This may takes the fraud to a new level, which might even include marriage under false pretentions. A gender change does not a female make.
Calling such embarrassment or public humiliation “homophobia”, is a further assault on the victim, who instead should have full and substantial recourse to sue the fraud in court.
Recovery should not only be based on actual damages, but for “pain and suffering” as well. Relief should only exist if the transgender individual clearly stated early on that they were transgender.
The best defense for other homosexuals would be to not make unsolicited sexual advances to individuals not known to be homosexual, which is just as annoying as heterosexual males making overtures to lesbians. Efforts at any degree of subtle identification could avoid many such incidents.
The perps were a couple of meth-heads. The were so screwed up they thought a gay panic defense would sell better than if they admitted to a drug related crime. The left ignored the truth because they wanted a martyr to gay rights.
Laramie was slandered for the cause.
BTTT. Thanks, Coleus.
Thank you! I haven't read that until now.
No, it doesn’t!
Rebecca Hilliker: Father Roger, in the play, has a great line about how if you call someone a “queer,” you’re violating them. It’s violence against them. But it goes further than that. As a teacher, as even a friend, you can’t let other people use that language. You can’t let people stereotype. You have to always be vigilant, as a teacher in particular, and say, “I’m not going to tolerate any kind of intolerant speech in my classroom.”
Moises Kaufman: There are moments in history when an event occurs, and the event is of such power that it operates as a lightning rod. It brings to the surface all the ideas, the beliefs, and the philosophies that are permeating people’s lives. I feel that the murder of Matthew Shepard was an event of that nature. Every year, more than 20 anti-gay homicides are reported; that means there are at least two or three times that many that are not reported. But for some reason, this one resonated. This one was a moment where we as a culture said, “Wait a minute. What’s going on?”
One of the reasons was that Matthew was a young student with his life ahead of him; Matthew was white; he was very beautiful. So we could all identify with him, and say, “My God, they stopped his life at the most beautiful moment of it. He could be everybody’s brother. He could be everybody’s friend.”
McKinney and Henderson admit to killing Shepard, both men — and the man who prosecuted the case — now say the real story is not what it seemed.
McKinney’s mother, a nurse who later died as a result of a botched surgery. McKinney received a malpractice settlement of nearly $100,000 after his mother’s death. He says he spent most of that money on things like cars and drugs.
McKinney admits to Vargas that by the time he was 18 he had a serious methamphetamine habit.
Tom O’Connor, known as “Doc,” who ran a limousine service and sometimes drove Shepard, said just days before Shepard’s death, Matt told him he was HIV-positive and was considering suicide.
One of Shepard’s college friends, Tina LaBrie, was concerned that Shepard’s depression might be somehow connected to involvement with drugs. “He said ‘Everywhere I move, it seems like I get sucked into the drug scene,’” LaBrie told Vargas.
Bopp, who says he left Laramie and the drug world behind six years ago, told “20/20” that he and McKinney had been on a drug binge in the week leading up to the attack on Shepard.
“Aaron and I had been awake for about a week or so prior to this whole thing happening ,” Bopp said. “We were on a hard-core bender that week.”
Bopp also admits that a week before the murder he was so desperate for methamphetamine, that he traded McKinney a .357-Magnum pistol in exchange for one gram of methamphetamine. McKinney would later use that weapon to beat Shepard.
McKinney told Vargas he set out the night of Oct. 6, 1998, to rob a drug dealer of $10,000 worth of methamphetamine. But after several attempts, McKinney was not able to carry out his plan.
Henderson said he thought if he could keep McKinney drinking, he’d forget the robbery plan.
But according to McKinney, when he encountered Shepard at the Fireside Lounge, he saw an easy mark.
McKinney told “20/20” Shepard was well-dressed and assumed he had a lot of cash.
Shepard was sitting at the bar, McKinney recalls. “He said he was too drunk to go home. And then he asked me if I’d give him a ride. So I thought, yeah, sure, what the hell,” according to McKinney.
All three got in the front seat of McKinney’s pickup, and Henderson took the wheel. McKinney told police that at some point Shepard reached over and grabbed his leg. In response, McKinney said, he hit him with his pistol. “I was getting ready to pull it on him anyway,” he said.
McKinney says he asked for, and got, Shepard’s wallet, which had only $30 in it. But even though Shepard handed over his money, McKinney continued beating him.
When pressed by Vargas as to why he continued beating Shepard after he had already taken his wallet, McKinney said, “Sometimes when you have that kind of rage going through you, there’s no stopping it. I’ve attacked my best friends coming off of meth binges.”
thanks for the info.