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Author Topic: Church marks 10 yrs since Shepard murder  (Read 46 times)
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Today marks ten years since young gay man Matthew Shepard was murdered in the US state of Wyoming – bringing international attention to hate crimes and their consequences – and Auckland Community Church is planning to remember his life at their service this Sunday evening.

Auckland Community Church's Mark Hangartner explains: "Matthew was brutally murdered 10 years ago in Laramie, Wyoming. Two young men offered him a ride home from a bar but instead took him out into the country to rob, torture and leave him to die. A cyclist came across him almost a day later, and called for medical help. He died in hospital on 12 October 1998."

A candlelight vigil was held in Laramie as he lay dying, says Hangartner. "After his death there have been services remembering him and other victims of hate crimes, especially on the anniversaries of his death."

Earlier this year church members attended a moving production of The Laramie Project at the Stables Theatre in Ellerslie, a play which explored the consequences of Shepard's death on his small Wyoming town.

"This Sunday is also our opportunity to remember two early martyrs, Serge and Bacchus, often thought of as gay saints because of their love for each other, and because they were invoked in church services blessing same-sex unions – as discovered by researcher John Boswell," says Hangartner.

All are welcome to the LGBT-friendly church's service from 7:30pm this Sunday 12 October – or any following Sunday – at St. Matthew-in-the-City in central Auckland.
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« Reply #1 on: Today at 04:40 PM »

I really feel for Shepards family...
But should we not be remembering those in New Zealand who where beaten and killed in our home country for being LGTBXYZ?

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« Reply #2 on: Today at 04:42 PM »

Like a LGBTXYZ Remembrance day?

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« Reply #3 on: Today at 06:53 PM »

I think that everyone will be remembered at the memorial this sunday night, who has been tragically taken... not only just Matthew Shepard..

Matthew's name made international news while many others who have been killed haven't..
How come it was Matthew and not someone else.. I don't know.. maybe it was meant to be.

But we have many of our own who were murdered.... and we should never ever forget them.
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