NEW april SPECIAL EVENTS in wyoming !


FILM Screening

April 10, 6:30pm

Casper College - Casper, WY


April 12,  2:45-3:40PM

University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY

Media Matters: Why Matt Shepard's Death Captured the World's Attention and The "Big Picture" Impact. 

An exploration of why Shepard's murder 20 years ago became the focus of media and community attention, the impact it had and what it means for the larger LBGTQ and allied community. Join activists, experts and voices from the front lines fighting hate violence in LGBTQ communities.

Speaker session Thursday, April 12 at 2:45pm with Cathy Renna, Marilyn Bennett, Rod Caspers, Jim Osborn, Barbara Poma.

Cathy Renna is the Principal of Target Cue, a premiere public relations and communications firm that focuses on LGBT and HIV related issues and provides media training, strategic and crisis communications services to diverse non-profit organizations. Renna has particular expertise in crisis and strategic communications and played a central role while at GLAAD in shaping media coverage of the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998, a tragedy that became a cultural marker for a shift in media visibility of LGBTQ issues. She was on the ground in Laramie immediately following the public disclosure of Shepard's beating and subsequent milestones including the trials of the perpetrators. She has worked closely with the producers of the Laramie Project and the Matthew Shepard Foundation since.

Barbara Poma, owner of the Pulse nightclub and CEO ~ Executive Director onePULSE Foundation, Inc. For more information or to support onePULSE Foundation 501(c)3  please visit: Since the mass shooting at Pulse, Poma has worked tirelessly to promote sensible gun control and is working to create a memorial at the site of the Pulse nightclub to honor the 49 lives lost and educate the public with the message “We will not lethal win."

Jim Osborn was the President of the LGBT student group at the University in 1998 and a friend of Matt’s. His tireless efforts since have helped change the lives of LGBT people in Wyoming and beyond. Jim is one of the founders of “Angel Action” which took the media by a storm and forever changed the way communities responded to Fred Phelps protests and others like it. 

Rod Caspers staged the original production of Conspirare’s Considering Matthew Shepard and recently a production with the Louisiana State University A Cappella Choir for the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s national conference. He has also produced the Laramie Project.



Shepard Symposium schedule here, plus live streaming & online sessions here.