The Meaning of Matthew Shepard

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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.