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The 1998 brutal murder of Matthew Shepard -- he was robbed, pistol-whipped, beaten, tortured, set on fire, and tied to a fence and left to die -- was one of the most brazen acts of hate against an LGBTQ American. The 21-year-old University of Wyoming's death prompted changes in federal hate laws and focused America to face its homophobia.
Here, his mother and an LGBTQ community activist discuss his legacy. (For more on the Matthew Shepard Foundation, visit its Facebook page.)