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Judy Shepard
Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard, who was murdered for being gay when he was a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming. She and her husband are co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and advocates for LGBT rights.

Entries by Judy Shepard

15 Years Without Matt, and the Road Forward

(117) Comments | Posted October 12, 2013 | 10:13 AM

Fifteen years ago we were in Fort Collins, Colo., at the hospital with Matt, praying for a peaceful end to his suffering. At that point we were aware that he would never wake up from the coma he was in as a result of the beating that he'd received at...

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Creating Matt's Legacy

(384) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 8:39 AM

October is very hard for me.

It's not that the early autumn in Wyoming isn't beautiful. If you haven't experienced the crisp air as the nights come earlier each day, or the last few cricket chirps of the season that follow the brilliant orange sunsets, you can't really know the...

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Judge Walker's Prop 8 Verdict Moves America Closer to its Ideals

(149) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 5:58 PM

A sweeping federal court verdict invalidating California's ban on same-sex marriages moves America closer to its ideals of respecting individual freedom and treating all citizens equally under the law.

I am the mother of 1998 Wyoming anti-gay hate crime victim Matthew Shepard and I am a member of...

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