Accessory to Murder: Our Culture's Complicity in the Death of Ryan Skipper

Accessory to Murder: Our Culture's Complicity in the Death of Ryan Skipper

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Accessory to Murder: Our Culture's Complicity in the Death of Ryan Skipper
 

This feature-length documentary explores the institutionalized homophobia surrounding the life and murder of a Central Florida man, Ryan Skipper.

In March 2007, Ryan Skipper of Polk County, Florida was targeted and brutally murdered because he was gay. Ryan's violent death, at age 25, was the final act in the life of a man who endured years of harassment and assaults simply because he was gay in a rural community.

Ryan was also victimized in death by a county sheriff who stereotypically and wrongly declared that Ryan was responsible for his own murder by cruising for sex and being involved in illegal activities with his own killers. Ryan was further victimized in death by a media that blindly accepted the sheriff's homophobic assertions as fact, instead of uncovering the truth and exposing a heinous anti-gay hate crime - a crime that our anti-gay culture was complicit in perpetrating.

Ryan Skipper was murdered, maligned and ultimately ignored simply because he was gay. Although he was killed by men who targeted an expendable "faggot" for robbery and death, it was our American culture that taught those men that gay people are expendable and unworthy of respect.



Reviews:
"A terrific film. It's a DVD that I've had the pleasure of watching, and I highly recommend it. It's beautifully done."
- Lisa Bloom
Tru TV Anchor / CNN Legal Analyst, Feb 2009

"A bold new documentary takes a piercing look into the anti-gay rhetoric that surrounded the investigation into this young man's death. It should be required viewing."
- Watermark, March 2008.

"The documentary is a thoughtful examination of how the crime was investigated and portrayed in the media."
- Express Gay News, January 2008

"I wish every city council, law enforcement center, church, school board, and high school could view this. The attitude of society in general has to change so there will never be another tragedy like the one you told of Ryan." - Debra Smith, PFLAG Great Lakes Regional Director, Michigan

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Format: DVD-R