Video of Matthew Shepard Surfaces

Jim Burroway

December 12th, 2009

Matthew Shepard in a mid-1990's videoMatthew Shepard has managed to become something of an icon for anti-LGBT hate crimes in America. and like the old religious icons which become a part of our culture, his image has always been a static one. Now a video of an brief interview with Matthew and his then-boyfriend has emerged and is posted on Joshalot.

The web site’s author (his name isn’t given) ran across some videos as part of his research project, one of which includes an interview of Matthew and his boyfriend in the mid-1990’s when they were attending Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. The video, which is not embeddable but can be seen here, shows us a moving, breathing, intelligent and soft-spoken Matthew Shepard that we’ve never seen before, and reminds us of the very ordinary college student that we lost more then ten years ago.

Regan DuCasse

December 12th, 2009

That video was part of a documentary project by filmmaker Tim Kirkman.
A native of North Carolina.
The documentary is called “Dear Jesse”, originally about some shared background of Tim and then Senator Jesse Helms and how Helms affected the LGBT during is long, long tenure in the senate.

This footage was from an attempt to film Jesse Helms at a speech he gave at the college.
Tim interviewed students as they left or were milling around.
And Matt and his then boyfriend Lewis, were filmed and interviewed by Tim.

The footage hadn’t made the final cut to his film, but was added as an epilogue after Matt’s murder came to light.

It was during this time that Frank Rich did an article about this and how Tim came to speak to Matt, and how Mr. Rich helped me get in touch with Tim…who is now a close friend and resides in NYC.

As you can see, Matt is a cutiepie, with a reedy voice and unassuming, modest air.
And when I saw this, as I was still raw from just months after his killing, it broke my heart.

I’ll let Tim know and thank you.

Chuck

December 12th, 2009

I’ll never understand why self-professed gay ‘Conservatives’ like Andrew Sullivan railed against Matthew Shepard, insisting that it was a simple robbery and that Matt was involved in drugs. When Sully joined with Right-Wingers and said hate crimes legislation was scam “boutique legislation” he did tremendous damage to the work done by those fighting to pass hate crimes legislation.

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