It is 20th century anniversary of the murder of Nicholas West. In November of 1993, West, a 23-year-old openly gay East Texas man, was kidnapped and murdered. His death made national headlines and sparked rallies and protests.
"You're not born to hate, you're taught to hate and society has to take responsibility for that," said Wesley Beard.
Beard was in his early twenties when he learned of West's murder, an East Texas man he said he would see from time to time at Bergfeld Park.
"Back in the early 90's at the time of the murder of Nicholas West, Bergfeld Park was one of the few meeting places in the close-knit gay and lesbian community that people knew to meet. We all shared and expressed our struggles with coming out," Beard said.