The Meaning of Matthew Shepard

Monday, October 12, 2009

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.


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Comments [3]

jj from Manhattan

What a moving interview. I cried a number of times—hard, and unexpectedly. I did not know Matthew had been raped in Morocco, or that he suffered from depression. The manner in which Mrs. Shepard addresses the issues raised by Matt's short life and horrible death was powerful, and necessary. Among many other affects of the closet and by the insidious rejection imposed, overtly and subtly, by our still-heterosexist society, most LGBT people suffer from depression and other mental/emotional disorders. Thank you, Mrs. Shepard, for so articulately and bravely fighting this important fight. (By the way, Ed, why are you mixing issues, especially in this context? Perhaps you should pray on that one.)

Oct. 12 2009 01:35 PM
Ed Helmrich from Larchmont, NY

What a horrible event. Hate crimes are opposed by everybody. They don't translate into same-sex marriage, however.

Oct. 12 2009 01:08 PM
Spence from Upper West Side

Exquisite interview. Thank-you Mrs. Shepard.

Oct. 12 2009 12:55 PM

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