On October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old, gay University of Wyoming student, was taken from a Laramie bar by Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, 22 and 21, respectively, beaten, tortured, tied to a fence, and left to die near Laramie. He died six days later.
One reporter said at the time regarding Shepard's murder that 'this kid is going to be the new poster child for gay rights."
The truth did not come out until late in 2013 when a gay journalist, Stephen Jimenez, did the research no one else bothered to do.
Shepard was HIV-positive and self-destructive. He had likely agreed to trade methamphetamines for sex, with McKinney being Shepard’s occasional gay lover.
When asked why he continued beating Shepard after he had already taken his wallet, McKinney said: "Sometimes when you have that kind of rage going through you, there's no stopping it. I've attacked my best friends coming off of meth binges."
Later the same night, McKinney got into an altercation with two men, with one of them being struck so hard his skull was fractured.
In other words, it was not a hate crime.
Yet there is a Wikipedia page for Shepard, but not for Castor, not to mention the Matthew Shepard Foundation. It's actually difficult to find any news stories regarding Castor unless you already have many of the facts, but searching for "Matthew Shepard" returns pages of results. That has to do with Shepard being gay and the fact that search engines return popular results, with Castor's murder not being popular at all.
Because for leftists, only the lives of LGBTs matter.
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When we learn that someone is suffering from anorexia or bulimia, we do not agree with them that they are fat. Instead we find a subtle way of encouraging them to seek counseling.
When we learn that someone with body integrity identity disorder desires to have a perfectly healthy limb removed, we quickly push these so-called amputee wannabes to seek psychiatric treatment before they irreversibly damage their limb in an attempt to have it amputated.
In contrast, when a male such as Bruce Jenner or Bradley Manning declares that he is really a female, liberals vigorously agree with him, often reveling in his transition. Jenner has complained that he cannot get a date, something which Manning will soon discover, which is not surprising given that heterosexual guys are not interested in dating another guy, regardless of how much surgery was involved. Jenner and Manning should give Matt Damon a call, as Damon enjoyed kissing Michael Douglas in Liberace but didn't enjoy kissing Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau.
When we learn that someone is suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities), or other recognized mental illnesses, we find a subtle way of encouraging them to seek counseling. We discuss these diseases in abnormal psychology classes and other appropriate venues.
But when the ridiculous and nihilistic dogma of gender fluidity is proposed, liberals embrace it and add it to school curriculums.
It would be impossible to properly address someone whose gender changes by the hour, so they would always be bellowing regarding alleged discrimination. Maybe that's the point.
We should not be remaking society in their image.