Matthew Shepard’s parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights
The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice...
Search committee named to find UNC Charlotte chancellor
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has named a search committee to find a new chancellor.
The next chancellor will succeed Philip Dubois, who announced in...
UNC Charlotte chancellor to retire in June 2020
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has announced plans to retire next June.
News sources reported on Tuesday that Philip Dubois disclosed...
Racist, anti-gay student flyers challenge Wyoming district
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The leaflets distributed by students at a junior high school told pre-teens to "Join the KKK" and that "It's not OK to be gay."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor signed legislation Friday banning use of the so-called "gay or trans panic" defense in criminal cases.
Buttigieg urges LGBTQ to turn differences into social change
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told an audience in Iowa on Friday that coming out as gay has empowered him in a way he did not anticipate, and he called...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Criminal defendants in Connecticut would be barred from claiming as their sole legal defense that they panicked after learning about their victim's sexual orientation under...
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont police department hosted a training to help local investigators understand hate crime laws and their responsibility in investigating them.
Matthew Shepard, symbol for gay rights, laid to rest in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 has come to symbolize the plight of the LGBTQ community in America, were interred at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday.
More than 2,000 people gathered at the Episcopal cathedral, the second-largest cathedral in the country, to celebrate Shepard's life, mourn his death and honor his memory.
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Smithsonian museum to receive Matthew Shepard collection
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A collection of Matthew Shepard's papers and personal objects will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
A news release from the Smithsonian says the museum will accept the donation from Shepard's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, in Washington on Oct. 25.
AP WAS THERE: Matthew Shepard dies after being beaten
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — On Oct. 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died at a hospital in Colorado nearly a week after being beaten and lashed to a fence before being found by bicyclists. Shepard's death turned the college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights .
Matthew Shepard’s murder still haunts Wyoming after 20 years
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights.
Shepard’s murder haunts Wyoming 20 years later
Views are mixed on hate crime law named for Matthew Shepard
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT and anti-violence organizations that lobbied over nearly a decade for its passage.
UW plans Shepard 20th anniversary commemorations
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has announced numerous events to mark the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death this fall.
UW President Laurie Nichols said Monday that the commemoration reflects how Shepard's death in 1998 shaped the community.
She says the university is an institution that upholds the values of inclusion and diversity.
Tennessee man facing federal hate crime charges
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man accused of harassing two teenage Muslim girls and then swinging a knife and attacking their father is a facing a federal hate crime charge, the Justice Department said Monday.
A federal grand jury in Nashville has indicted Christopher Beckham and charged him with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI.
University Theatre compels audiences to think in ‘Laramie Project’
Drew Sutherland has never directed “The Laramie Project” before, but it’s a show he’s had his eye on for some time.
“I have something in my mind called ‘the orphan play box’ — they’re shows that I see being done that are maybe not done so well,” said Sutherland, a lecturer at UW-Madison. “I think they still have worth and I get invested and I want to do the show...I really wanted to get my talons in this one for a while.”
Wrestlers don’t place but perform well at state
LAUGHLIN — The Cougar wrestlers fought but came up a bit short at the state competition Feb. 9. There weren’t any who placed, but a good effort was put in by all.
Coach Doug Fry said the team didn’t have any places but he felt pretty good about their performances regardless.
Gilbert Mendez had a nice win over Zeke Vinson, Fry said. Vinson had beaten Mendez the week before in regional tournament, Fry added.
Five wrestlers head to state wrestling competition
LAUGHLIN — The Cougar wrestling team is sending five of their own to the state competition on Feb. 9 in Las Vegas.
Micah Dagley, Josh Mattson, Gilbert Mendez, Matthew Shepard and Tyrell Gonzalez are heading to state at the end of the week.
Feds: Man who assaulted co-worker convicted of hate crime
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is facing up to 10 years in prison for committing a hate crime against a co-worker whom he perceived as gay.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Virginia said Wednesday in a press release that a jury in Richmond convicted James William Hill III.
Authorities said Hill assaulted his co-worker at an Amazon fulfillment center. Authorities said Hill told a manager and a police officer that he dislikes gay people and that they should expect to be assaulted.
Johnson gets fourth in tourney
LAUGHLIN — Isaiah Johnson managed to place fourth in the Mohave Tournament for the Cougars Wrestlers Jan 11-12. As a team, they did get a few wins against Kingman, West Wendover and Parker.
Coach Doug Fry said he’s really pleased with the progress the wrestlers have made this season.
The boys had several duals. They faced Ironwood, Moonvalley, Kingman, Chapparal, West Wendover, Parker and Mohave. They beat Kingman 36-18; West Wendover 48-18 and Parker 36-24.
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South Idaho man pleads guilty to federal hate crime
BOISE — Kelly Schneider, 23, of Nampa, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to violently assaulting Steven Nelson because he was a gay man, resulting in Mr. Nelson’s death, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson for the District of Idaho.
28 years later: The story of Gordon Church and his killers
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Nearly a decade before 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured and left to die in a Wyoming field, there was Gordon Ray Church.
Just like Shepard, Church was brutally killed primarily because his attackers believed he was gay.
Anyone that knows me is well aware that I am an acid-core conservative. But one thing I will never be is a member of the Republican Party.
Probably the greatest reason for this is the party's stance on homosexuals. If hatred of homosexuals in not a stated position of the party, there is no doubt that if hatred of them has a political home it is in the Republican Party.
Man imprisoned for black man’s beating faces fed hate charge
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A white man serving a three- to six-year state court sentence for beating a black man at a Pittsburgh commuter rail station during a drunken argument following a Kenny Chesney concert has agreed to plead guilty to a federal hate crime charge for the nonfatal incident, federal prosecutors and his attorney said Monday.
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Wyoming judge in Matthew Shepard case to retire
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming state judge who presided over part of the Matthew Shepard murder case plans to retire after this year.
In a news release Tuesday, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke announced District Judge Jeffrey Donnell's intent to retire, effective Jan. 2.
Gov. Matt Mead will appoint Donnell's successor from a list of three names submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission, which will accept qualified applicants' expressions...