Looking At Matthew Shepard's Artistic Legacy 20 Years After Laramie

Twenty years ago, an openly-gay University of Wyoming student was brutally murdered for being gay. Matthew Shepard was robbed, beaten and left to die in Laramie, drawing an international spotlight to the small town. One of the most enduring legacies has been a wide and diverse collection of artistic responses.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim (@coopermckimreports.


Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

Support comes from

You won’t find a paywall here. Come as often as you like — we’re not counting. You’ve found a like-minded tribe that cherishes what a free press stands for. If you can spend another couple of minutes making a pledge of as little as $5, you’ll feel like a superhero defending democracy for less than the cost of a month of Netflix.