March 12, 2014 |
Perhaps Stephen Jimenez never saw the 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance , with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. He may be unfamiliar with the film's moral: "This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. " Back in 2000, when Jimenez first went to Laramie, Wyo., it was to research a made-for-TV screenplay based on the notorious murder of Matthew Shepard. Shepard, a gay 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was tied to a fence and viciously pistol-whipped in 1998.
May 1, 2013 |
ON MONDAY, NBA player Jason Collins broke the news that he was gay via a story on Sports Illustrated's website. By doing so, he became the first active male professional athlete to admit he was homosexual. Yesterday, another website revealed another bombshell: The 34-year-old, who played for the Celtics and Wizards this season, was engaged to a former WNBA player. TMZ reported that Collins dated Carolyn Moos for 8 years and the two were planning to be wed before parting ways 4 years ago. And, according to the report, Moos said she had no idea Collins was gay until he called her over the weekend.
October 25, 2012 |
Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man who was beaten to death in 1998, shared her story Wednesday at the National Constitution Center and stressed the importance of hate-crime laws, specifically, the one named after her son. "It puts a face, a human story, on why we need this law, and as long as I am able to tell Matt's story to an audience where maybe there are people who aren't convinced how important this law...
October 25, 2012 |
Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man, who was beaten to death in 1998, shared her story Wednesday at the National Constitution Center and stressed the importance of hate crime laws, specifically, the one named after her son. "It puts a face, a human story on why we need this law and as long as I am able to tell Matt's story to an audience where maybe there are people who aren't convinced how important this law is,"...
October 25, 2012 |
FOX 29'S LAUREN COHN will be leaving the station around the new year, sources tell us. Cohn, a reporter/anchor, joined the station in September 2010. She had been a weekend anchor at NBC 10 for about three years, from 2004 to 2007 before going to work for Fox in Chicago. The New York native did not return a request for comment Tuesday. A Fox 29 spokeswoman also did not get back to us by deadline. In other Fox 29 news, the contracts of "Good Day" reporter Jennaphr Frederick and investigative reporter Dave Schratwieser have been renewed for several years.
November 14, 2009
President Obama gave wary gay-rights activists a reason to celebrate when he signed a milestone federal hate-crime bill. Long overdue, the legislation expands civil rights-era laws by adding violence against people based on sexual orientation, gender, and disability to the list of hate crimes. Hate-crime laws passed after the 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. covered crimes based on race, color, religion, or national origin. But hate-motivated violence has prompted attacks in recent years against other victims who deserve the same protection.
July 31, 2006
PATRICK J. O'Leary's letter said that to compare the struggles of blacks and gays was inapt because "gays have never been treated as three-fifths of a person. And gays have never been lynched. " As a married suburban father of three, my experience with gay people is pretty much limited to an Elton John CD and reruns of "Will & Grace," but even I can tell you that those assumptions are false. Gays are forced to hide who they are all the time because they are treated as second-class citizens.
November 26, 2004 |
Tonight's 20/20 is devoted to challenging the widely accepted version of the events and motives in the brutal 1998 slaying of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard - including those once presented by 20/20. This one-hour special, at 10 p.m. on ABC, reported by coanchor Elizabeth Vargas in her first major scoop since inheriting Barbara Walters' chair, strongly suggests that Shepard's murder was not an anti-gay hate crime, as was reported at the time, but a robbery of opportunity that - fueled by a methamphetamine high - escalated into horrific violence.
August 25, 2004
Phoenixville district lacking in fiscal restraint I am a homeowner in the Phoenixville Area School District, and over the last four years I have watched helplessly as my school property taxes have increased 9 to 11 percent every year. On July 31, I was appalled to read in the Phoenixville Phoenix that our school superintendent took 20 of his administrative staffers on a 36-hour whitewater rafting trip to work on leadership and teamwork skills. Was this really necessary? Who paid the $3,200 cost of this trip?