anti-gay http://wmot.org en Shepard Calls Tenn. Anti-Gay Bills Disturbing http://wmot.org/post/shepard-calls-tenn-anti-gay-bills-disturbing <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) &mdash; The father of a gay college student who died after being beaten says he&#39;s disturbed by anti-gay legislation being proposed in Tennessee.</p><p>Dennis Shepard spoke at a Nashville news&nbsp;conference&nbsp;Wednesday. Shepard&#39;s son, Matt, was 21 when he was beaten 14 years ago in Wyoming, tied to a fence and left in the cold by two men he met in a bar.</p><p>His death spurred passage of a measure that expanded an earlier federal hate crime law to include sexual orientation, among other things.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:23:27 +0000 Associated Press 6649 at http://wmot.org