Bradley George Kirouac
Today I visited the site of Matthew Shepard’s death. In order to pay my respects to a young mans life.
The police officer who responded to the 911 call testified, “Though his face was caked in blood, his face was clean where streaks of tears had washed the blood away.” The sad truth is that life’s like these had to be taken in order for future generations of LGBTQ+ people could only begin to live their lives.
During this trip so far I have heard gay jokes, the words fag, homos, and many more used in my presence. They probably felt comfortable using these terms in my presence because I am a “straight looking masculine CIS male”. I didn’t say anything which I now regret. We have a long ways to go in many parts of the US.
So today I didn’t leave flowers but chased a rainbow while driving there and another rainbow was left near the site of his murder close to the intersection of Pilot Peak Road & Snowy View Road in Laramie Wyoming. I believe it was to remember those who we have lost due ignorance and to show a sign that we still have to remember these tragedies to move forward and educate the world.
RIP Matthew Shepard
Matthew Shepard Foundation
800 18th Street, Suite 101
Denver, CO 80202
P.S. Thank you Tim Burton, Kendra Cross, and Benjamin for taking this detour with me. I’m happy to have people like you in my life to make memories like these with.