Protect Our Own: A new group aims to protect LGBTQ Jackson residents from discrimination



Planet Jackson Hole
By Shannon Sollitt
October 18, 2017

October is the 19th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard.

The case of Matthew Shepherd is one of the Equality State’s ugliest scars. Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming, was brutally tortured and left to die in what is now considered one of the more notorious homophobic hate crimes in history.

And despite national legislation in Shepard’s name—the Matthew Shepard Act signed into law by former President Obama in 2008—Wyoming still does little to protect its LGBTQ community.

Jackson residents are hoping to change that, at least locally. Mark Houser, coordinator for Jackson’s PFLAG, and Matt Stech, a community prevention specialist, are asking town councilors to introduce a non-discrimination ordinance protecting LGTBQ people from housing and employment discrimination.

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