Posts Tagged ‘Matthew Shepard’

Outbeat News In Depth – September 22, 2013

It was 15 years ago this October that Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in one of the most notorious hate crimes in our nations history.  But who was Matthew Shepard, or as his friends knew him, “Matt Shepard.”  After a decade and a half, a group of Matt’s friends have come together to share their memories of the friend they lost in a new documentary, “Matt Shepard Was A Friend Of Mine.”   This new film shows never-before-seen pictures and video that show the truth about who Matt Shepard was.  Film producers Michele Josue and Liam McNiff are joined by Zeina Barkawi and Jason Marsden, who were all friends with Matt Shepard.

Kinna Crocker was back with the last of her four-part series on the legal aspects of LGBT relationships and we checked in with Nathan Manske, the creator of  Nathan is coming to San Francisco in October and wants to meet you.

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Outbeat Now! – September 23, 2012

The Laramie Project Ten Years Later opened this weekend at Napa Valley College.  This is the first performance of this epilogue to the original The Laramie Project to be performed in California.  We begin by talking with Greg Pierotti, one of the writers and actors in both plays.  Greg told us about his experience traveling to Laramie in 1998 and then returning in 2008 as well as about his interview with one of the killers, Aaron McKinney.  On the Outbeat Youth segment, Greg Miraglia traveled to Napa Valley College to see the premier of the play and to talk with the play’s director, Professor Jennifer King, and many student members of the cast.  Many of the student actors were too young to remember when Matthew Shepard was murdered, but have discovered the story during their research and performance of this new play.


Outbeat Now! – October 24, 2010

This month we celebrated the one-year anniversary of Outbeat Now! and Outbeat Youth.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been on the air for 12 months already.  This month Jeff Basham had scheduled for an interview about hate crimes and bullying in the schools Sonoma County District Attorney to be, Jill Ravitch.  Unfortunately, Ms. Ravitch declined to be interviewed at the last minute.  Instead, we talked about the string of recent LGBT teen suicides and introduced the “It Gets Better Campaign.”  Several elected officials, including City Council member Joel Burns of Texas and President Obama have shown great courage by speaking out and taking a stand against school bullying.  On Outbeat Youth, Greg Miraglia was joined by special guests Judy and Dennis Shepard who talked about their memories of their son Matthew who died 12 years ago this month after a vicious hate crime in Laramie Wyoming.  The Shepards talked about the importance of coming out and for parents to support their LGBT children.

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