This is a 2002 gay movie based on a play in reaction to the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard presumably because he was gay. Matthew was a student at the University of Wyoming. On the midnight of October 7 1998 he met Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson at Fireside Lounge in Laramie, Wyoming. The two offered to drive Matthew home but only to drive into a remote location where they robbed and tortured him. Matthew was discovered many hours later by a cyclist unconscious. He never regained consciousness and later passed on from his injuries. His death was denounced as a hate crime. McKinney and Henderson are serving life sentences for the murder.