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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1279

TROMBONE: The way GoPro was meant to be used.

COCA-COLA: Their 2013 polar bear film produced by Ridley Scott.

JUDY SHEPARD: On the Tectonic Theatre's support for The Laramie Project.

MARRIAGE NEWS WATCH: AFER's Matt Baume with the latest on Illinois, RI, and DOMA repeal.

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Thirteen Years Later, Judy Shepard Recalls Matthew's Murder, Legacy

Judy Shepard remembers her son Matthew and meditates on his legacy thirteen years after his horrific murder:

Matthew_shepardThirteen years ago this week his father, brother and I were at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., with our firstborn son, Matthew Shepard. He was 21, and dying. Just days before, he had been just like millions of American college students whose names are not known to the world -- getting the hang of his new classes, adapting to a new campus, making friends. His father and I thought his biggest challenges were keeping money in his checking account and getting his homework in on time.

But here he was in intensive care, the victim of a terrible, senseless attack at the hands of two other young men who, at some point in their lives, learned it was OK to hate others for being different, to victimize them, to disregard their humanity.

Matt passed away quietly in the early morning hours of Oct. 12, 1998, with his family at his bedside. He died because of violence fueled by anti-gay hatred. For a lot of reasons, some of which we will probably never quite understand, the world had been watching, praying for him, and voicing their outrage.

October cannot go by anymore, and never will again, without us wondering what might have been, for us and for so many other families, if hatred of gay, and lesbian, and bisexual, and transgendered people, and all those whom others simply think might be, had been rooted out long ago.

Watch Judy Shepard's touching appearance on Ellen a year ago, AFTER THE JUMP...

Creating Matt's Legacy [huffington post]

Matthew Shepard Foundation [official site]

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LGBT Stories: Journalist Wants People To Remember Matthew Shepard's Life More Than His Death

Jason marsden TR


Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood We met Jason Marsden, the Executive Director of The Matthew Shepard Foundation, at our stop in Denver where the Foundation is headquartered. We were going to Laramie right after Denver so speaking with him was a bit of preparation. I didn't know exactly how to approach Laramie — should we actively seek out Matthew Shepard stories or not? — but after hearing Jason talk more about Matthew's life than of his death, I decided to follow suit and not focus on the tragedy but let people speak about him as they chose.


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Gay Love Story in Bible Leads to New Belief System [tr]
From Cancer Diagnosis to Fairytale Wedding [tr]

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Towleroad Interview: Judy Shepard on Hate Crimes, Forgiveness, and The Meaning of Matthew


Judy Shepard, tireless crusader against anti-gay hate crimes since her son Matthew was murdered in 1998, has a new memoir out — The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed. Over Pride weekend in New York City, Towleroad correspondent Josh Helmin interviewed Shepard about the book, her experience as a Grand Marshall at NYC's Pride Parade, and whether she could ever offer forgiveness to her son's killers.


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News: True Blood, American Apparel, Chicago Cubs, Madonna

1111 road True Blood's Alexander Skarsgardand Stephen Moyer link arms.

 road Knoxville lesbian marries her partner in DC. DMV issues her a new license with her partner's last name but when an employee realizes her spouse is a woman, they ask for it back shouting, "You've got to give me the license back, we don't recognize same sex marriage."

 road Prince Harry throws out the first pitch at a Mets game while in NYC.

 road American Apparel's "Dress Code Manual" - complete with pictures!

 road 200 pro-gay rights activists march in Bulgaria despite the endless criticism from the powerful Christian Orthodox Church in that country.

 road Baseball legend Ernie Banks will be perched on top of the Chicago Cubs's float during that city's Gay Pride parade tomorrow.

 road Chicago's Cyon Flare on gay Pride fatigue: "I think that we’ll always have many age groups that suffer from pride parade fatigue, at some point in their lives. The key is to enjoy what you can [about Gay Pride celebrations], what you feel comfortable with, and to remain visible to the community. We need you 40-somethings...the power of your presence makes a difference."

 road Lackluster fashion line from Madonna and her daughter revealed.

 road OK Go band member in a staring contest with a muppet. 2222

 road Should Lavender Magazine have outed anti-gay pastor Tom Brock this past week? Minneapolis Star-Tribune: "Critics pointed out that the magazine did not have a direct quote from Brock saying that he had engaged in homosexual acts. The article implied that was the case by quoting him as saying that while on a preaching mission to Slovakia he 'fell into temptation,' but did not explain what that meant."

 road If you look up in the sky tonight and see a red moon, don't worry. The added color is all thanks to Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

 road Judy Shepard on her job as one of the grand marshals for NYC's Pride parade: "I'm looking forward to the people, I don't do many pride events so this is very exciting for me. I hope it's not too hot, and not raining."

 road Britney Spears and K-Fed back together reunite...for their child's graduation from pre-school.

News: Judy Shepard, HIV, Hilary Rosen, Madrid, Jersey Shore

 road National Organization for Marriage (NOM) loses appeal in Maine.

Shepard  roadJudy Shepard memoir nixed from university reading program for being homophobic?

 roadTom Cruise gushes on David Beckham: "I really admire David Beckham as a person, father, husband and athlete. He's absolutely fantastic. He's got a great competitive spirit and he's a tireless worker with a clear mind and a solid body." Especially a solid body.

 roadMassive flow of bullshit continues to flow from BP headquarters. "Though no one knows exactly how much of the dangerous bullshit is currently gushing from BP headquarters, estimates put the number at somewhere between 25,000 and 70,000 words a day."

 roadAIDS Drug Assistance Program threatened by specter of Tea Party challengers.

 roadWATCH: The first 13 minutes of Jersey Shore season 2.

 roadGay rights poised to become wedge issue in Georgia gubernatorial race.

 roadLady Gaga makes a fashion statement at her sister's graduation.

 roadMadrid Pride cancels invitation to Israeli officials over flotilla incident: "The Israeli delegation, made up of members of the LGBT association and the Foreign Ministry, was scheduled to run an Israeli 'bus' in the parade, for the first time since its establishment. But the delegation has recently received hints from Spain that their arrival may cause anger among local pro-Palestinian groups, which may require excess security and, more importantly, cause a lot of embarrassment."

Rosen   roadHuffington Post cuts ties with Hilary Rosen for taking consulting job with BP. "Hilary is no longer our Washington Editor at Large, a mutual decision we recently reached given her involvement with BP. However, we still have a great personal relationship. And, of course, Hilary’s work with BP has had zero effect on our coverage of the company or the disaster in the gulf. Comprehensive and hard-hitting, our coverage speaks for itself."

 roadRyan Gosling eats pizza, looks fine while doing so.

 roadRobbie Williams and Gary Barlow to release duet single: "The single, titled Shame, has been written by the pair and will be released on 4 October."

 roadSF Appeal looks at the problem of gay hook-up violence...

 roadLittle Britain's Matt Lucas scores role on Glee.

 roadAs does John Stamos — who will be cleaning teeth!

 roadApple under investigation for weird questions during sales of iPads to Asians.

Pronger  roadChicago Tribune ridicules Flyers hockey player Chris Pronger by putting him in a women's skirt.

 roadGay men attacked in Windsor, Ontario.

 roadGrand Rapids Community College trustee opposes funds for theatre group because it once performed Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi about gay Jesus Christ.

 roadSun floats Taliban HIV-bomb story.

 roadJudge drops bioterrorism charge in HIV-infected Detroit man's defense case: "'People didn't take the time to investigate properly and understand what HIV is,' Allen told reporters. 'It's not a death sentence. I'm not dying. I'm living. People need to stop hating people with HIV. This disease can happen to anyone.' Allen is accused of biting his neighbor, Winfred Fernandis Jr., on the lip during an altercation over a football in Allen's driveway. Prosecutors say Allen was the lone attacker. But Allen's attorney, James L. Galen Jr., said Allen was the victim, and was attacked by Fernandis and members of Fernandis' family because he's gay."


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