Take a look at this beautiful young man, a young man who had everything to live for, and you'll probably understand my dictum, 'The only good homophobe is a dead one.'
I loathe homophobes, racists, anti-Semites, anyone who is prejudiced against another person simply because that person happens to be different than they are--in almost every case because they are BETTER than the ones who pick on them.
Matthew Shepard was a young American university student who was tortured and murdered because of his sexuality. What makes his story even more tragic is that he shares his birthday with World AIDS Day. He would have been 36 today.
His mother, Judy, is now a leading advocate for LGBT rights--a position she should never have accepted because her son shouldn't have been taken from her so cruelly, by vile people not fit to breathe the same air as the rest of us. And this is why I am a firm advocate, in more serious and in 100% proved cases, for capital punishment.
If someone takes a life, they should be willing to give up their own.