On Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a UW student in Laramie, was tortured, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. Six days later he died in a hospital in Fort Collins. He was gay. If you do a Google search on Mikayla Oz, the magician who was scheduled to do a children’s magic show at the library in July 2021, the fourth entry is a story in the Des Moines Register about Wyoming’s intolerance. Mikayla Oz is a transgender woman. These two stories made national news.

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