I recently listened to October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. While I do not have any close LGBT friends that I am, I know quite a few. I respect them immensely for what they go through on a daily basis. I listened to this in honor of them and in memory of others who have fought their own battles.
Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was murdered solely due to his sexuality by men who thought they were better than him because they were straight. This book is a memorial to Shepard, his life, and his death.
It is shamefully this book had to be written. That being said, this book was beautifully written. It’s poetic scheme gives it a different memorial feeling than what I anticipated. It wasn’t just a normal historical text. The different poems create an ebb and flow that adds character and freedom and life.
Freedom. In theory, we are all free to live our lives, to make our choices. Shepard was denied this freedom. If one person isn’t free, then we still haven’t achieved freedom as our founding fathers envisioned. This is depressing and disgusting.
I am free to choose who I love. You are free to choose who you love. Unless you plan on bring back arranged marriages to 100% of the American population, DEAL WITH IT. Even then, you can’t force someone to love another, only to be tied to another.
Ignorance is not always bliss. In this case, ignorance makes you a jackass.
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Narrator: Emily Beresford
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Source: Audiobook Sync
Format: MP3 Audiobook
1 hour, 19 minutes, 14 seconds