Perspectives Series

On October 7, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally attacked and tied to a fence in a field outside of Laramie, Wyo. and left to die, finally succumbing to his wounds on October 12, 1998. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his death, please join us for the first ever Perspectives Series, bringing together community partners to open doors to conversation through education, storytelling and creativity.

Our series will conclude with a performance of Considering Matthew Shepard, Conspirare’s GRAMMY-nominated choral work that is an intricate, beautiful and bold voice in response to one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes.

Understanding LGBTQ Communities

AUG 28 / 7 PM

Join Equality Michigan for an informative discussion designed to give participants an introduction into LGBTQ communities.

Love, Simon Film Screening

SEP 8 / 6 PM

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online.

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

SEP 10 / 7 PM

Join us for a screening of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, an award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary feature film that tells the story of Matt’s life through his friends, family and those who were close to him throughout the years.

Here:Say Storytelling presents: Stories We Don’t Share

SEP 14 / 7:30 PM

Join Here: Say Storytelling and invited storytellers from our local community to hear funny and painful stories alike about identity, acceptance, advocacy, dissent…the stories we don’t tell each other.

Considering Matthew Shepard

SEP 16 / 3 PM


Considering Matthew Shepard is the Grammy®-nominated three-part choral work composed by Craig Hella Johnson in response to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who in October 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field under a blanket of stars, in one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes.

Community Programming Partners