At the Smithsonian Visit. They will see that this is a church that has learned from the example of violence that we need to stand and be counted as among those who work for justice and the full embrace of all God's children. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church. The Wyoming man was a year-old college student when two men he met in a bar lured him into their truck, robbed him, pistol whipped him, beat him and left him tied to a fence. Shepard's killing became the basis for a play, The Laramie Projectwhich brought widespread attention to the problem of homophobia. His murder became one of the most notorious anti-gay hate crimes in US history, sparking outrage across the country and galvanizing the fight for gay rights, including a law bearing his name that expanded the definition of federal hate crimes to include those motivated by sexual orientation.
It wasn't possible to reach Shepard's family, but Robinson said his parents were "looking for a safe place" to put their son's remains and had reached out to Robinson after someone suggested interring him at the Cathedral.
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The cathedral is a gay-friendly church, which held its first same-sex wedding in and says it considers LGBT equality one of the great civil rights issues of our time. He hung there, cold and bleeding, for 18 hours until he was discovered by a cyclist who initially thought he was a scarecrow. October 11, Updated: Shepard's ashes were interred at the cathedral's crypt in a private family ceremony. Utah among 7 states agreeing on plan to manage drought-stricken Colorado River system. Shepard was cremated after his death, but his family held on to the urn of his ashes while they figured out a final resting place. People interred at the Cathedral are selected by the dean, who picks people of "national importance, someone who has made a lasting contribution to humanity," Robinson said.
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