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Tribute T-Shirt [05 Oct 2006|06:04pm]

[ mood | busy ]

For my school's GSA  I'm doing a Matthew Shepard tribute shirt.

I was wondering if anyone had done any graphics that they wouldn't mind me putting on a shirt or buttons/pins.
I'll probably be ordering them tomorrow, I realize this is short notice, but anything you would give me would be wonderful.



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Let's Piss on Fred Phelps Grave! (xpost) [14 Sep 2006|12:00pm]

This is a journal devoted to signing up people to converge in Kansas when Fred Phelps dies, march at his funeral, and then piss en masse on his grave -- as the FREE EXPRESSION of our political views.

I'd like the Phelps clan -- and LJ's own Margie Phelps [info]god_hates_phags -- to know just how many "mourners" they can expect when ol' Fred goes to meet his very-pissed-off maker.

If you're interested, leave a note and friend this journal, and you'll be kept updated as matters warrant.

Tell your friends on MySpace too!

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[13 Jul 2006|05:39am]

i'm looking for someone to be a moderator of this community.
i haven't looked after it all these years like i should have.
so if anyone would like to moderate to make sure there is no drama, please comment.
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[30 Jun 2006|01:19am]

Friday, June 30, at 10 p.m.: 'A Country Divided': George Stephanopoulos on the State of Our Union on a Special Edition of '20/20'

What may be dividing our nation? Are there those who believe Matthew deserved it?

We must not forget.
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Show some love [01 May 2006|03:13am]

Please watch this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfln-GJ2D6E&search=Fred%20Phelps&watch2
I found it so touching i cried.

People like Fred Phelps http://www.godhatesfags.com/ deserve the worst, and i can't find pity for people like him. It's just so outrageous the way he behaves, and the things he do, he fill me with rage.

So please, be supportive, be conscious http://www.actwin.com/eatonohio/gay/world.htm
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[06 Apr 2006|10:12pm]

'Brokeback Mountain' implied similarities in the events that befell Jack Twist and Matthew Shepard. In an interview posted in the 'Advocate', screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana mentioned the film and the murder of Matthew Shepard.

"We've been asked so many questions, some of which have raised the hair on the back of my neck. The first time we were asked if we felt brave for doing this, I was startled. The only time I felt any fear was when my daughter was in Laramie, Wyo., when they found Matthew Shepard. This was a year after we wrote the script, and it just hit home again, how from 1963 to the late ’90s it was the same. It wasn't any different." - The Advocate, February 28, 2006

The interview is very interesting (spoiler warning):
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A show like no other [01 Mar 2006|01:45am]

This week the Laramie Project opens at Stage III in Casper, Wyo., just about a mile from the site of Matt's funeral, and in the town where he grew up. It'll be like no other production of the play. Matt Shepard performed in Stage III productions as a kid, and many of his friends and family members will certainly be there as it opens. Thursday night's show will be a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. And one of the characters in the play, Casper Star-Tribune reporter Kerry Drake, will be played by Kerry himself (despite his having open-heart surgery barely a couple of weeks ago). Like him, several members of the play were journalists here in Wyoming when the events depicted were unfolding and were closely involved in covering the story. It is a profound understatement to say that this will be an emotional run for the play. Here's a link to the story that ran in the Star-Tribune about it on Sunday. Cross-posted to The Laramie Project.
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[02 Feb 2006|08:10pm]

Armed Teen in Massachusetts Attacks Gay Bar Patrons

How awful! I hope all three people who were injured are alright. How horrible can people be?? I mean, people are just going about their business and someone comes in with an ax to try an kill them???

Does anyone know what hospital the victims are at? We should all band together and send them cards.

I seriously hope the little prick who's the perp gets the full sentence possible. Too bad there's no death penalty for attempted murder. IMO, there should be the same sentence for attempted murder as for murder... You shouldn't get points for not succeeding.
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Hola :) [29 Jan 2006|10:05pm]

[ mood | drained ]

Hi everyone,

My name's Sara, I'm 18 and from Philly. I, like everyone else in here, was affected by this tragedy. I first heard of Matthew's murder when I was 11, in August of 1999 (I guess it was during one of the trials?) and it hasn't left my mind since. I think an incident like this transcends politics, age, location, or any other demographic. And I think people will always remember this. We can all relate to Matthew Shepard in one way or another. I mean, I'm an eighteen year old straight female Bush supporter, but reading through The Laramie Project and other books, I found myself going, "Politics! That's what /I/ want to do." and "5'2! That's MY height!"

Yeah, this post may have been somewhat rambling, but it's late at night, what can I say. I just saw the movie version of The Laramie Project about a half-hour ago... And I saw Brokeback Mountain earlier today for the first time ^_^

Edit: I saw BBM for the THIRD time, not the FIRST time. LOL this is what happens when Sara posts too late at night.

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Kind of a strange question... [09 Jan 2006|04:13pm]

[ mood | understanding ]

I am going to Wyoming this spring and I'll be going through Laramie (I'm going to a family reunion in Rawlins). I would like to visit the site where Matthew's was found - not just the city but the actual site - remember that fence? I know that sounds very morbid - but I would like to see if there is a memorial, if the fence still exists and just see the area where he actually was.

I want to pay my respects and realize I could simply donate money to his website/charity memorial that his mother and father have set up. To me, it's not the same. I am gay. It could have easily been me tied to that fence - or any other gay person. Some how we all have a connection to this guy because we all realize it could have been us.

Does anyone know where this place is? Everything I've read simply says "taken to a place 1 mile out of town".... If some one could give me directions, I would forever be grateful.


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[07 Dec 2005|11:24pm]

Somedays I just hate this world. Why do people have to be so horrible?
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[17 Oct 2005|05:33pm]

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And THAT is what i've always said i'd do if i ever got a digital camera!

still pics under the cut for those without the patience to watch it scroll XD hahahaCollapse )
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In loving memory of Matthew Shepard [12 Oct 2005|09:15pm]

[ mood | blah ]

So ya I cut and pasted stuff from different sites and put together this little blog memorial. please check it out. I listed the sites I got all The stories and pics of matthew shepard from.

In Memory of Matthew ShepardCollapse )
x-posted in gaystr8alliance

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[11 Oct 2005|07:51pm]

tomorrow marks the anniversary of his death.
every year i stay silent on that day.
but this year...i am doing something different.

i am making a shirt with stuff like RIP M. Shepard.
and maybe a quote from the Laramie Project or something.

and i am also fasting for the full day.
if anyone would like to join me...that would be amazing.

i might even also stay silent.

this time of year is always a somber time.

je t'aime.
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[06 Oct 2005|06:02pm]
does anyone know where i can find poetry written for/in memory of matthew shepard? because for our display case for the show we are all writing poetry, and i desperately need ideas and suggestions. can anyone help?
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[29 Aug 2005|05:33am]

Me and Devinne watched The Laramie Project.

Seriously, i almost cried three times, and would have if i had been alone. Devinne looked over to me at one point and said shakily "Damn, this things gonna make me cry." and i said, just as shakily, "Yeah"

It was the part where the "God Hates Fags" demonstrators were there, and the people put on the angel costums with the huge wings and blocked the view of them. Fuck, ive got wicked intense shivers just thinking about it. this is the third time posting this and i got shivers the other three times, too. Wow, powerful movie.

Full of an all star cast, too. Highly recommend it, like, go watch it RIGHT now!
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Hi... [23 Aug 2005|11:16am]

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Shadows of my Gayness [06 Aug 2005|04:15am]


as if me in a cape wasn't awesome enoughCollapse )

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What kind of world do we live in?! [15 Jul 2005|06:54pm]

(Tampa, Florida) A 21 year old Tampa man is charged with murder after his 3-year old son was pummeled into unconsciousness and then died.

Ronnie Paris Jr. went on trial for his own life this week in a Tampa courtroom. The toddler's mother, Nysheerah Paris, testified that her husband thought the boy might be gay and would force him to box.

Nysheerah Paris told the court that Paris would make the boy fight with him, slapping the child in the head until he cried or wet himself. She said that on one occasion Paris slammed the child against a wall because he was vomiting.

The court was told there had been a history of abuse by Paris. Prosecutor Jalal Harb said that in 2002, the Florida Department of Children & Families placed the child in protective custody after he had been admitted to the hospital several times for vomiting.

He was returned to his parents Dec. 14. A month later he went into a coma and was rushed to hospital. Six days later he was removed from life support and died. An autopsy showed there was swelling on both sides of his brain.

"He was trying to teach him how to fight,'' Nysheerah Paris' sister, Shanita Powell told the court. "He was concerned that the child might be gay.''

Following the child's death Tampa police Detective Anthony Zambito thought there was something suspicious. He testified that he questioned both parents closely at the hospital. But it wasn't until investigators questioned them separately Feb. 1 that the boy's mother talked about the abuse.

Paris was charged with capital murder and Nysheerah Paris was charged with felony child neglect and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

(source: http://www.livejournal.com/community/randomnews/54168.html?style=mine#cutid1)
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Hi! [15 Jul 2005|05:28pm]

[ mood | good ]

My name is Ernest, and I just joined this community...I watched The Laramie project for the first time today, and it inspired me to look on LJ for anything on Matthew Shepherd, The Laramie Project, and to meet people who really got inspired with this film...Just wanted to say hi!

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