Losing Matt Shepard : life and politics in the aftermath of anti-gay murder / Beth Loffreda.

"This book shows how the politics of sexuality - perhaps now the most divisive issue in America's culture wars - unfolds in a remote and sparsely populated area of the country. Loffreda captures daily life since October 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming - a community in a rural, poor, conservative,...

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Main Author: Loffreda, Beth.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Columbia University Press, [2000], ©2000.
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