Matthew Shepard’s mother speaks at KSU
Judy Shepard‚ the mother of Matthew Shepard‚ who was beaten to death in 1998 because he was gay‚ recently brought her message of equality and acceptance to the university community.
(Mar 28, 2006) — Judy Shepard‚ the mother of Matthew Shepard‚ who was beaten to death in 1998 because
he was gay‚ recently brought her message of equality and acceptance to the university
She spoke about things that communities and individuals could do to make the world a place of acceptance for all‚ regardless of race‚ religion‚ ethnicity and gender.
“I feel Matthew with me every day‚ or I would not do this‚” Shepard said. “We realize that we must use the voice his death has given us. What I can try to accomplish is to make people aware.”
The death of Shepard’s son outraged Americans‚ who protested the anti−gay hate crime rallies and held prayer vigils across the nation.
Now‚ more than seven years later‚ Shepard continues her son’s legacy through the Matthew Shepard Foundation‚ which combats social injustices. She has also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and speaks to people across the nation to promote a greater understanding of gay issues.
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