Source: The New York Times
On October 18, 2001, The New York Times published the article, "Tough but Hopeful Weeks for the Muslims of Laramie." The article detailed the acts of both bias and kindness experienced by the small Muslim community of Laramie, Wyoming. It noted, "Laramie is where Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, was beaten, tied to a fence post and left to die in 1998. But the town is now invoking Mr. Shepard's name as a call for tolerance to let Laramie's Muslims know they can live here without fear."