The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard
My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

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"A courageous, eloquent, and devoted us all a greater understanding of Matthew and the larger meaning of his life."
-Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Today, Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard's son. In The Meaning of Matthew, Judy Shepard confides how she handled her crippling loss in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son's name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

Heart-wrenchingly honest, The Meaning of Matthew is an unforgettable and inspiring story, chronicling one ordinary woman's struggle to cope with the unthinkable.

About Judy Shepard

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Judy Shepard is cofounder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which is dedicated to social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Shepard speaks across the country on behalf of the foundation.
Published August 29, 2009 by Plume. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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“There are still nineteen states where crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation (actual or perceived) are not considered hate crimes,” writes the author, “and there are thirty states where it’s still okay to fire people because of their sexual orientation.” Shepard is working diligentl...

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Entertainment Weekly

It's been more than 10 years since the brutal murder of her son Matthew, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was killed because of his sexual orientation.

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Bookmarks Magazine

For the first time in book form, Judy Shepard speaks about her loss, sharing memories of Matthew, their life as a typical American family, and the pivotal event in the small college town that changed everything.

The Meaning of Matthew follows the Shepard family in the days immediat...

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Arts Fuse

In October of 1998, twenty-one year old Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, badly beaten, and tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming where he went into a coma from which he never recovered.

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