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Judy Shepard

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 11.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

Michele Josue's debut feature-length documentary follows Josue (who was a close friend of Matt's) as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard's life. As Josue interviews other friends and family members, we viewers gain insight into the beautiful life as well as the devastating loss.

Matthew Shepard's Mom Responds To DOMA Ruling

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.27.2013 | Gay Voices

Matthew Shepard's mom, Judy, wishes her son were alive to see Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act (...

Being Judy Shepard: An Actor’s 13-Year Journey To A Character

Barbara Pitts | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Barbara Pitts

As Tectonic Theater Project workshopped and constructed The Laramie Project, one of the characters I surrendered was that of Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother. But for The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, Judy sat for a formal interview with Moisés Kaufman, and I was asked to portray her.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Matthew Shepard

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 11.07.2013 | Gay Voices

Just past midnight on October 7, 1998, one of the most horrific anti-gay hate crimes in American history took place in Laramie, Wyoming. Matthew Shepa...

WATCH: Matthew Shepard's Father Speaks Out Against Controversial 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Posted 03.27.2012 | Gay Voices

The father of slain gay student Matthew Shepard has joined the chorus of dissenting voices urging Tennessee voters to resist proposed anti-LGBT legisl...

Gay Rights Activists At UN: No More Bullying

AP | ANITA SNOW | Posted 02.07.2012 | Gay Voices

UNITED NATIONS — Activists called on governments around the world to end homophobic bullying and violence, saying Thursday that gay rights are h...

Creating Matt's Legacy

Judy Shepard | Posted 12.12.2011 | Gay Voices
Judy Shepard

October cannot go by anymore, and never will again, without us wondering what might have been if hatred of gay, and lesbian, and bisexual, and transgendered people, and all those whom others simply think might be, had been rooted out long ago.

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

Judy Shepard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judy Shepard

My son once asked me if I thought gay couples would ever be allowed to get married. I told him it would probably happen in his lifetime, but not in mine. It's so sad, and ironic, but warms my heart that his dream is still coming true.

Matthew Shepard's Mother's Memoir Homophobic? 'The Meaning Of Matthew' Rejected From College Reading List

qnotes | Matt Comer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Kathy Staley, an archivist at App State's Belk Library, wrote on her Facebook Monday that the committee had not chosen Shepard's book, "The Meaning of...

Obama's Speech (TEXT): Transcript Of President Obama's Speech About Gay Rights

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The official transcript of President Obama's address at The Human Rights Campaign's 13th Annual National Dinner on Saturday, as released by the White ...

As Hate Bill Passes, One Mother's Work (and Ours) Continues

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

All people of good will, no matter where they fall on the political spectrum, have a moral obligation to first and foremost decry the continuing hatred, violence and harassment that the gay community faces.

In Their Own Words: Hate Crime Act Supporters Speak (Video)

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Yesterday, President Obama signed into law the long awaited hate crime bill. Here are short interviews with a variety of people who have fought for this legislation for years.

If I Were Obama's Big Gay Speechwriter

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

From Barack Obama, I want a kitchen table story. A backyard story. I want to know that there is more than just a cerebral connection to the gay community. I want a personal and emotional link.

Jason Linkins

Judy Shepard Responds To "Hoax" Comments

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judy Shepard appeared on last night's edition of the Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the recent expansion of Federal hate crimes legislation and the rem...

What An Ogress You Are, Congresswoman Foxx

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

I'd like to imagine the feelings of Judy Shepard as the hate crimes bill named after her murdered son Matthew passed the house in the presence of the woman who attempted to besmirch his memory with ugly distortions.

Hatred in God's Name

Brad Crelia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brad Crelia

I know that boys like the young man who closed his eyes for the last time on that desolate fence and the boy whom my mother worried for years ago will be fine because of mothers like Judy Shepard and mine. Here are my mom's thoughts on her own gay son.