Join us for a special evening with activist, author, and human rights advocate Judy Shepard on Wednesday, May 8th at No Place Like Home.In October 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard lost their 21-year-old son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Their ordeal moved thousands of people around the world to attend vigils and rallies in Matthew’s honor.
Determined to prevent their son’s fate from befalling others, Judy and Dennis established the Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on Matthew’s legacy by embracing the just causes he had championed. Later, Judy spearheaded The Matthew Shepard Act, which expanded the federal hate-crime law to include crimes based on gender and sexual orientation.Shepard will speak to the mission of SAVE, Inc., the need for acceptance, and discuss what individuals and communities can do to make this world a more accepting place for everyone regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and expression. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served.
In 1998, Judy lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate that shocked and captivated the nation. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, this leading voice in the LGBTQ rights movement has since established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on her son’s legacy. Later, she spearheaded The Matthew Shepard Act, which expanded the federal hate-crime law to include crimes based on gender and sexual orientation. The author of the best-seller, The Meaning of Matthew, Judy offers an intimate look at how her life and the entire fight for equal rights changed when her son was killed. With a name now synonymous with activism and equal rights, Judy and her husband Dennis leave an indelible imprint with their words, compassion and raw honesty as they urge audiences to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression.