Documentary Series looks back at Matthew Shephard’s short life and tragic death

The Second Saturday Documentary Series presents Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine on June 20 (yes, the third Saturday of the month) at 1:30 p.m. in the Niles Discovery Church sanctuary. This screening is co-sponsored by the Fremont Human Relations Commission.

Over sixteen years ago, on the night of October 6, 1998, two men lured Matthew Shepard, a gay freshman at the University of Wyoming, from a bar in Laramie, Wyoming. He was kidnapped and driven to a field where he was tortured, tethered to a fence, and left to die. Never regaining consciousness, Matthew succumbed to the severe injuries from the attack and died on October 12, 1998.

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard.

While we’ve come a long way in the last sixteen years, LGBT inequality and hate crimes are still very real today, and parts of Matt’s story are unfortunately still very much a part of young people’s realities. Though framed through a very personal lens, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine tells a universal story that highlights the responsibility we have now to make sure young people around the world are safe.

The Second Saturday Documentary Series and the Human Relations Commission picked June for this screening because it is LGBT Pride Month. A discussion will follow the screening.

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