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Soc M138-The Laramie project

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Soc M138-The Laramie project Sociology M138

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film on Mathew's death
Death, suicide and trauma
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Freddie816 on Wednesday May 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Sociology M138 at University of California - Los Angeles taught by Timmermans in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 10 views. For similar materials see Death, suicide and trauma in Sociology at University of California - Los Angeles.


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Date Created: 05/25/16
    5/25/16  ● This film is made out to Matthew Shepard, who is brutally beaten, condoned to a coma  and eventually dies. Matt is supposedly beaten for “coming on” to Russell and Erin who  meet Matt at a bar and lock him up in the back of their trunk→ tie Matt to a fence and  brutally beat him  ○ Matt is found covered in blood and unconscious, by a stranger who calls the police  ○ Matt receives CPR and is later sent to the hospital, eventually dies   ● Many argue that Matt was the victim of a hate crime; that he was beaten for being gay.  This fact was significant to the residents of Laramie, Wyoming because the crime is  committed by members of their community. Citizens of Wyoming claim that nobody gives a  fuck about anyone’s sexuality. Although, one of the characters who himself was gay, claims  that he did not feel safe in Wyoming and many of the citizens of Wyoming do not want the  story of Matt to be published. A majority of citizens believe that homosexuality is wrong;  others live by a “live and let live” code of ethics. Many violent riots on gay and equal rights  follow thereafter  ● How does Matt’s death resonate with wyoming?  ○ Crime is committed by two of Wyoming’s citizens, this suggests that their is  something wrong with how the town treats homosexuals  ○ Professor: the fact that Matt died was very important, death is symbolic   ○ People live by a live and let live code of ethics, gay rancher “as long as I don't tell  you that I am gay, you won't kill me   ○ Matt's death was a form of stigma management ie­those with a stigma have to  engage in certain actions as to not “push” the normal over the top, the stigmatized  have to protect the face of the normal  ○ Ross and erin would argue that matt came onto them, so matt was asking for it,  (this was a way of justifying the crime)  ● Those affected directly  ○ Police office is is exposed to HIV, begins questioning her role as an officer   ○ The bicyclist begins questioning why god wanted him to find matt  ○ Bartender feels guilty for having been able to prevent the crime   ● Those affected indirectly by mathew’s death   ○ The store owner and her daughter  ○ The college counselor  ○ The mechanic that drove mathew to the gay bar   ● Those who knew matthew indirectly that were affected by his death  ○ The college students  ○ The store owners  ○ The ranchers  ○ The pastor   ● Those who don't know matthew that were affected by his death  ○ The lgbt community  ○ The public in NY  ○ Those against the homossexual community   ○ The politicians       5/25/16  ● What is unique about this death/what makes it stand out?  ○ The fact that matthew dies, that someone took his life, the fact that people die is  really important   


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