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Matthew Shepard's Murder Was a Turning Point for Gay Rights

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Matthew Shepard's Murder Was a Turning Point for Gay Rights

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In October 2018, Matthew Shepard was finally laid to rest at Washington's National Cathedral. It was a fitting setting for a young man who's brutal murder kicked off a national conversation about bigotry.

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The Stonewall riots sparked a new attitude and activism around LGBTQ rights. Half a century later, revisit the historic moment that began a movement and explore objects from the Smithsonian Institution that tell stories of the gay experience in America. Examine a donation can from America's first gay pride march, Matthew Shepard's personal belongings, and notes written to Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. Includes footage from Lilli Vincenz's films "Gay and Proud" and "The Second Largest Minority."

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