Matthew Shepard (1976-1998)

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Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was a gay American whose brutal death resulted in a movement to push against hate crimes and gay panic defense. A hate crimes law passed in 2009 bears his name and another victim to hate crimes which is known as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.