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Wyoming activist celebrates new protections for gays in Laramie

Wyoming activist celebrates new protections for gays in Laramie

Growing up in the tiny town of Wheatland, Wyo., Jeran Artery was living deep inside the social closet when he sat in the pew on Sundays, listening to his preacher uncle expound on the moral wrongs of homosexuality. “I grew up thinking everything in my heart and mind was going to send me to hell,” he said. The 1998 murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard just outside Laramie became a rallying cry for the gay rights movement, but only drove Artery deeper into his closet. This week, however, there was an event to celebrate: The Laramie City Council became the first municipality in the state to approve protections for gays in housing and in the workplace. The scope...

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