Sheppard was not murdered because he was homosexual.... he was murdered by two drug-addled THUGS because they thought he would be an easy target for thievery. Read transcripts of court documents, not biased media reports.
At about the same time Sheppard was murdered, a teen named Jesse Dirkheising (sp?) in Northwest Arkansas was murdered by two homosexual men who held him captive and sexually assaulted him before murdering him. Where was the coverage of this crime?