The increasing vocalization by both supporters and opponents of homosexual rights has launched the topic into the spotlight, reenergizing a vibrant discussion that personally affects millions of Americans and which will determine the direction in which U.S. national policy will develop. This essay serves as a continuation of this discussion, using the Matthew Shepherd Hate crime, which occurred in October of 1998, as a focal point around which a detailed analysis of homophobia and masculinity in American culture will emerge.
"Misunderstood: The Matthew Shepherd Hate Crime and its Intercultural Implications,"
Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association:
Vol. 2011, Article 6.
Available at: http://docs.rwu.edu/nyscaproceedings/vol2011/iss1/6