The Leonard Lopate Show Published by The Leonard Lopate Show The Meaning of Matthew Shepard Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/59327/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mother, shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist. Her book The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed looks at the historical significance and complicated civil rights issues surrounding Matthew Shepard’s life and death, and describes a mother’s struggle to cope with the loss of her son.