Quotations From LAUREN CLARENCE


 

  • Your honor, members of the Jury, Mr. Rerucha:

    I would like to begin my statement by addressing the jury. Ladies and gentlemen, a terrible crime was committed in Laramie thirteen months ago. Because of that crime, the reputation of the city of Laramie, the University of Wyoming, and the State of Wyoming became synonymous with gay bashing, hate crimes, and brutality. While some of this reputation may be deserved, it was blown out of proportion by our friends in the media. Yesterday you, the jury, showed the world that Wyoming and the city of Laramie will not tolerate hate crimes.
    Your honor, I would also like to thank you.
    Dennis Shepard (Matthew Shepard's Father) 1999 Speech in Court
  • Matt's gift was people, helping people, and making others feel the hope of a better world free of harassment and discrimination. He was naive to the extent that, regardless of the wrongs people did to him, he still had faith that they would change and he didn't see size, race, sex, religion, or the hundred other things that people use to make choices about people. All he saw was the person. All he wanted was to make another person his friend.
    Dennis Shepard (Matthew Shepard's Father) 1999 Speech in Court
  • Matt officially died at 12: 53 a.m. on Monday, October 12,1998, in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. He actually died on the outskirts of Laramie tied to a fence that Wednesday before, when you beat him. You, Mr. McKinney, with your friend Mr. Henderson, killed my son.
    Dennis Shepard (Matthew Shepard's Father) 1999 Speech in Court
  • By the end of the beating, his body was just trying to survive. You left him out there by himself, your agreement to life without parole has taken yourself out of the spotlight and out of the public eye. It means no drawn-out appeals process, [no] chance of walking away free due to a technicality, and no chance of lighter sentence due to a "merciful" jury. Best of all, you won't be a symbol. No years of publicity, no chance of communication, no nothing—just a miserable future and a more miserable end. It works for me.
    Dennis Shepard (Matthew Shepard's Father) 1999 Speech in Court
  • My son died because of your ignorance and intolerance. I can't bring him back. But I can do my best to see that this never, ever happens to another person or another family again. I miss my son, but I'm proud to be able to say that he is my son.
    Dennis Shepard (Matthew Shepard's Father) 1999 Speech in Court
  • I, too, believe in the death penalty. However, Mr. McKinney, I'm going to grant you life, as hard as that is for me to do, because of Matthew. Every time you celebrate Christmas, a birthday, or the Fourth of July, remember that Matt isn't. Every time that you wake up in that prison cell, remember that you had the opportunity and the ability to stop your actions that night. Every time that you see your cell mate, remember that you had a choice, and now you are living that choice. You robbed me of something very precious, and I will never forgive you for that.
    Dennis Shepard (Matthew Shepard's Father) 1999 Speech in Court
  • The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
    Martin Luther King Jr. in speech delivered in 1963
  • We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
    Martin Luther King Jr. in Letter from the Birmingham Jail
  • We were raised with the idea of fairness and equality that is quite frankly juvenile. Kindergartners are raised with 'One for you, one for me.' But that isn't how nature works.
    Rupaul on Show Business in Variety 2015
  • Should media make everything this fairy-tale idea of fairness? No. That's not what it's there for. If that's what you want, you teach your kids that.
    RuPaul on Show Business from Variety 2015
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