Hate crime victim Matthew Shepard honored with burial at Washington National Cathedral


Matthew Shepard’s remains will be interred at the Washington National Cathedral, 20 years after the young man, age 21, was tortured and violently killed in a vicious homophobic attack. His death brought national attention to anti-LGBT+ discrimination and eventually led to the 2009 Matthew Shepard Act, which stated homophobic and transphobic crimes as hate crimes, forbidding anti-LGBT discrimination on the federal level. On October 26, he will be laid to rest in a cathedral which has only buried around 200 people in the past century, including US President Woodrow Wilson and activist Helen Keller. The thanksgiving and remembrance service in Washington DC will be presided over by Reverend Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to become a bishop in the Episcopal Church. Washington National Cathedral’s dean, Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, said that Americans still haven’t done
enough not to let Shepard’s story repeat, but there is a chance to do it, people have to unite and create a safe society


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