On October 6, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten, tied to a fence and left to die because he was gay.

Matthew Shepard will be interred at Washington National Cathedral

Friday, October 12th," Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine," will play at 6 p.m.at the Lyric Cinema, 1209 N. College Ave., Fort Collins. Northern Colorado Equality and the Lyric Cinema will host a screening of the film followed by a discussion and candlelit vigil to honor the life of Matthew Shepard and commemorate the 20th anniversary of his tragic death in Fort Collins.

Guest speakers include Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, State Rep. Joann Ginal and a pastor from Cheyenne, Mark Lee. $15. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Northern Colorado Equality. Websites: lyriccinema.com/movie/matt-shepard-is-a-friend-of-mine or nocoequality.org.