THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Director: Moises Kaufman
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Peter Fonda, Laura Linney, Amy Madigan, Camryn Manheim, Mark Webber
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After Matthew Shepard’s murder, lines were clearly drawn and though the group spewing the indignant gay pride rhetoric assumed they were doing the right thing, Shepard was in fact violated by both sides equally, as they each snatched up the circumstances of his life and murder, made him either a martyr or a demon respectively, and distorted the facts of his life and death as they pleased to add grist to their own mills.
Shepard was the victim of a cruel and horrific crime, but he was not a gay Jesus, just a person living in a rough part of the country who lucked out big time after getting involved with a couple of dangerous guys. In life, Matthew Shepard was not a walking vessel of gay rights, and he certainly wasn’t a poster boy for small town America.