Matthew, Saskia and change

December 2008
Empty Closet;Dec2008/Jan2009, Issue 419, p2A
The author calls on the U.S. Congress to pass hate crimes law and the society to change its attitude towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. He regrets that former police Dave O'Malley and other people had to witness the death of gay man Matthew Shepard before they acknowledge that they are homophobics. He is optimistic that such law could be passed in 2009 under President-elect Barack Obama. He questions why the case of Matthew gained national attention but the death of African American lesbian Saskia Gunn was forgotten.


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