Matthew Shepard

The 1998 brutal murder of Matthew Shepard -- he was robbed, pistol-whipped, beaten, tortured, set on fire, and tied to a fence and left to die -- was one of the most brazen acts of hate against an LGBTQ American. The 21-year-old University of Wyoming's death prompted changes in federal hate laws and focused America to face its homophobia. Here, his mother and an LGBTQ community activist discuss his legacy. (For more on the Matthew Shepard Foundation, visit its Facebook page.)

May 30, 2019 - 11:50 am
by Judy Shepard (mother of Matthew Shepard) The past year has been a poignant and sometimes painful journey through the two decades since Dennis and I lost our firstborn son Matt to a brutal and senseless anti-gay hate crime outside of Laramie, Wyoming. As the 20-year mark since his murder got...
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May 30, 2019 - 9:45 am
By Cathy Renna As we approach the largest Pride in history, with millions coming from around the globe for WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we are missing so many LGBTQ people and allies who are not with us. And when Judy and Dennis Shepard take the stage at the...
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