My son’s death proves the harm of weaponizing belief

Source: CNN

By Dennis Shepard

(CNN)This year marks the 20th year since the death of my son, Matt Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming. His murder at the age of 21 sparked a critical push forward when it comes to protecting the rights of LGBTQ people.

 

I know all too well what happens when people feel empowered, encouraged and enabled by the lack of protections and acceptance of the LGBTQ community. It results in people like Matt being kidnapped, brutally attacked and left to die by people who hate you simply for who you are.
And, sometimes, when people feel empowered in this way, it allows them to intentionally misrepresent a person’s words to stir up hate.

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