Sunday, September 15, 2013

New Book About Matthew Shepard Murder reviews a new book by a gay journalist -- and considering that ABC 20/20 told parts of this story years ago, much of it isn't news -- but it is still pretty astonishing, and pretty well blows out the idea of St. Matthew:
Almost immediately Shepard became a secular saint, and his killing became a kind of gay Passion Play where he suffered and died for the cause of homosexuality against the growing homophobia and hatred of gay America....

But what really happened to Matthew Shepard?

He was beaten, tortured, and killed by one or both of the men now serving life sentences. But it turns out, according to Jiminez, that Shepard was a meth dealer himself and he was friends and sex partners with the man who led in his killing. Indeed, his killer may have killed him because Shepard allegedly came into possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and refused to give it up.

The book also shows that Shepard’s killer was on a five-day meth binge at the time of the killing.
 This really is not surprising.  Meth use among gay men was very common at the time, leading to the really weird combination of meth and Viagra.  Meth, while it gives enormous energy, so you can party all night long (sometimes night after night), also leads to impotence -- hence coupling it with Viagra.*  ()  Disproportionate substance abuse problems in the gay community have been known about and studied for decades -- and the claim that it is because of homophobia is getting pretty stale, now that a whole generation has grown up in a culture that considers "homophobia" a far greater embarrassment than homosexuality.

Not surprisingly, the Matthew Shepard Project is not admitting that there is a problem with the falsehoods that underlie what they do.

*By the way: if you are taking pseudoephedrine (from which meth is often made) for allergies or sinus congestion and are beginning to wonder if it is time for Viagra: Coricidin HBP.  It won't raise your blood pressure and lower other parts as a result.

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