In the documentary film “The Laramie Project,” many issues were brought up and discussed throughout its duration: socio-political ones such as laws against hate crimes as well as socio-ethical ones such as live-and-let-live philosophies. However, what may have truly caught my attention, and probably as well as others’, was the controversial socio-ethical topic of homosexuality.
The story of the documentary film “The Laramie Project” revolves around Matthew Shepard, an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming. While at the Fireside Bar on the 6th of October 1998, Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson approached Matthew and was offered a ride. Subsequently, McKinney and Henderson started robbing, hitting, and torturing him before tying him to a fence somewhere in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. After he was tied, McKinney and Henderson left him there before someone discovered him 18 hours later, who at first thought that Matthew was a scarecrow. Matthew was then brought to the hospital where he remained in a coma for a little over three days before dying an hour past midnight on the 12th of October 1998 due to severe head damages and internal lacerations.
This account, although tells a story of a brutal murder, is actually deeply rooted from Matthew Shepard’s sexual orientation. Taking the film into consideration, what it states about homosexuality is not exactly a blunt announcement. Rather, the film tries to arrange fragments of the whole and attempts to make something coherent and significantly intelligible out of the pieces. The film shows the social injustices done on homosexuals as can be verified by Matthew Shepard’s murder. The film also explains that homosexuality is a sensitive topic that many could not fully grasp. The film also featured persons stipulating the need to have laws against anti-homosexual acts.
Truly, people everywhere have long been debating about the disputatious subject on homosexuality....