This weekend on State of Belief, it’s been 10 years since the death of Matthew Shepard, a young gay college student who was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming.  Join host Welton Gaddy as he talks with the lead investigator of the Shepard murder, a man who once described himself as a homophobe, but now leads the call for hate crimes legislation.  And a look at a new book of essays on growing up gay in America…That and more.

Host Welton Gaddy speaks with Laramie city councilman Dave O’Malley.  Dave O’Malley previously served as the Chief of Police in Laramie, Wyoming and he oversaw the investigation into the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. 

And, Mitchell Gold joins Welton in studio to discuss his new book, Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America.  Mitchell Gold is the co-founder of the furniture line, Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, and he is the founder of Faith in America, an advocacy organization dedicated to fighting religious based bigotry against homosexuals.  More information on  his book is available at www.crisisbook.org.

Plus, don’t miss Welton’s own thoughts on prejudice, hate crimes and religion in his Preaching to the Choir segment…

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Listen to outtakes from Welton’s conversation with Dave O’Malley:

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