Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Remembering Matthew Shepherd

October the twelfth 2012 will mark the 14th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard

Matthew was tortured and murdered for being gay. He was just 21 years old when he died, five days after being viciously beaten. It makes me weep to think of it. It should make us all weep.

GLBT people still face prejudice and brutality on a daily basis. Many countries are moving towards bringing in more and more legislation against GLBT people. It must not be allowed to happen. We have to stand up and say this is wrong.

It isn't just a question of GLBT rights, it's a question of basic human rights, it's a matter of everyone being treated with the same degree of respect and decency. People regardless of gender or sexuality are just people, it doesn't matter who they love, all that matters is that they do love. It doesn't matter how a person identifies, all that matters is that they be allowed to be who they feel they really are - and accepted for it. We need to embrace all the wonderful diversity in the human race, not try to crush it.

Remembering Matthew and all victims of hate crimes.
Never stop fighting for equality.

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