A Relative Of Matthew Shepard's Murderer Speaks Out

Aug 28, 2020

Tate McKinney says it's important not to forget Matthew Shepard's murder to ensure it never happens again.
Credit Tate McKinney

In his teens, Tate McKinney started coming to terms with his sexual orientation and gender identity. Like many LGBTQ kids in small towns, that led to hard conversations with his family, but then he found out he was related to Aaron McKinney, one of Matthew Shepard's murderers.

Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards sat down with Tate to hear his uniquely Wyoming story. Tate came forward to share his story after hearing the episode "The Small Town Drag Queen" on The Modern West podcast about the hardship of growing up LGBTQ in the rural West.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Melodie Edwards, at medward9@uwyo.edu.