Wyo. Changes Sluggishly Since Shepard Murder

10 years after gay student's murder, authors revisit Laramie
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2008 11:19 AM CDT
A scene from a school theater production of The Laramie Project.   ((c) Arbron)
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(Newser) – The creators of The Laramie Project have returned to Wyoming to explore the legacy of Matthew Shepard’s murder 10 years later, the New York Times reports. In revisiting the people whose words make up the script, the theater company found that there has been progress —albeit slow.

"Sometimes you got to just, as a community, get slugged before you wake up and grow up," said a policewoman. But company members found few monuments to the gay college student in the town or in its laws, and gay students noted that it can still be difficult to be out. "You get exhausted" by the pain, said a local professor.