Matthew Shepard Act

Murdered Mississippi mayoral candidate's family says death was a hate crime

The family of murdered Mississippi mayoral candidate Marco McMillian now believes his death was a hate crime. The family said they had received information from the Coahoma County coroner's office regarding the state of McMillian's body, which led them to believe that "this was not a random act of violence."

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Remembering Matthew Shepard

Matthew’s death changed the way people viewed and talked about LGBT people, and eventually led to the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law against bias-motivated crimes targeting LGBT people, among others.

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May 8, 2009
by GLAAD

GLAAD Media Resource: Sexual Orientation and Hate Crime Legislation

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