Copy and paste the following text into an email, and send it to as many gay-minded people as you can! I sent it to the tampa bay coalition back in 2002 when matthewshepard.info was a pointer to anti-gay.com...their paranoid response follows my letter.

hello:

this is just an email to let you know about a new way to further the gay agenda in your city and/or across the nation. please do not let poor matthew shepard have died in vain, honor his memory and his parents' crusades byvisiting www.matthewshepard.info. just look around the new gay rights metropolis, stay for a cup of java and some education, or even make a donation to your favorite gay charity. judy shepard thanks you for taking part in her son's memory, and so do i.

gratefully yours,
dylan jacobsen


Here is the letter I found on TBC's website:

Tampa Bay Coalition
Eye on GLBT News & Headlines

September 20, 2002
by R. Zeke Fread
Deceptive Matthew Shepard Website Taken Offline

September 15th, Tampa Bay Coalition received an email message announcing a new website, supposedly in honor of Matthew Shepard's memory, his parents' crusades, professing a new way to further the gay agenda, rights and make a donation to ones favorite gay charity. It read as follows:

hello:

this is just an email to let you know about a new way to further the gay agenda in your city and/or across the nation. please do not let poor matthew shepard have died in vain, honor his memory and his parents' crusades by visiting www.matthewshepard.info. just look around the new gay rights metropolis, stay for a cup of java and some education, or even make a donation to your favorite gay charity.

judy shepard thanks you for taking part in her son's memory, and so do i.

gratefully yours,
dylan jacobsen<


Of course, I found this new website to be one of great interest to me and promoted issues I supported. However, upon clicking the link for www.matthewshepard.info was immediately redirected to a website named, anti-gay.com. The first thing seen as the website loads, is a banner reading, anti-gay.com. This website not only, did not honor Matthew Shepard or Judy Shepard's crusades. It viciously defamed the good names of Matthew and Judy. The first mention of Matthew was a horrendous statement saying; Matt Shepard was not killed for being gay, but for being a sexual predator.
Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it.

Then I clicked a link titled; Join the Fight Against MS. What I found was even more disturbing. Posted was Judy Shepard's Senate Judiciary Committee Testimony. Mixed between the lines of her testimony, were what I would consider to be despicable comments and remarks. Although, as disturbing as these remarks and comments were, the vicious things he called Judy Shepard, were absolutely reprehensible. By this time, I was so filled with outrage, I felt something like this, should not be allowed to go unchallenged.

The webmasters use of deceit, deception and dishonesty, for the sole purpose to gain hits to his websites, was inconceivable to me. To profess you are honoring the memory of the victim of one of the most brutal and horrendous hate crimes and his dear mothers crusade against hate crimes. Only to defame, berate and attack these same people, with a diatribe of shameless and disgusting insults, is unconscionable.

I immediately issued an alert to TBC's members, supporters and friends, in an effort to make them aware of this situation and requested suggestions on how to go about stopping this individuals deceptive actions. This brought over 150 messages from others as disgusted and outraged as I. All requesting contact information for the host server of the website, so they could lodge complaints. With help from some of those who received the alert, the contact information for the host server and the webmaster, was obtained. I issued a call to action and included the contact information. I then received, 142 commitments to call and 37 commitments to send email messages to the host server, in twenty-four hours.

This resulted in the host server, investigating the complaints of the deceptive and dishonest use of Matthew and Judy Shepard's names, by the webmaster. Finding the claims made about the webmaster to be true, the host server discontinued the use of the domain and matthewshepard.info was taken offline. This is a great victory against the deception being perpetrated and fraudulent use of Matthew and Judy Shepard's good names. No one should ever be allowed to disrespect or defame the memory of any victim of a hate crime, for the sole purpose of increasing the hits to their website. Such actions are unconscionable and those who would knowingly perpetrate such a deception, should be held accountable and suffer the wrath of those who are offended by such a deception.

Sadly, the webmaster only lost the tool to deceive, he still has the ability to continue to defame Matthew and Judy Shepard. Although, this defaming of others remains repulsive to most, I guess it is his right. We can hope, the webmaster, may see the errors of his ways and do the right thing. But, he proudly boasts, that he lives to offend and offend he does, so he will most likely continue to do so. At least, we have succeeded in limiting the number of unsuspecting victims, who will be deceived into viewing his defamation of two people who we hold near and dear to our hearts.

TBC's Alert Issued; http://www.tampabaycoalition.com/files/TBCMattAlert.htm

TBC's Call to Action Issued:

http://www.tampabaycoalition.com/files/TBCMattContact.htm
TBC's Message to Webmaster: http://www.tampabaycoalition.com/files/TBCMattChill.htm

View the message posted on anti-gay.com, September 16, regarding spamming 500-1000 people with his deceptive email, comments about TBC's members, supporters and friends complaining to his host server, his host server decision to discontinue his use of the domain name, www.matthewshepard.info, copy of TBC's message of complaint sent to his host server. Also, the last two deceptive messages the webmaster had posted on September 16 and 17th, on www.matthewshepard.info, before it was taken offline.


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