Judy Shepard : The Legacy of Matthew Shepard
Date: January 22, 2004 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Agnes Flanagan Chapel
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.
Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her life’s work. Judy is determined to use her grief over her son’s death to make a difference. She speaks to her audiences about what they can do as individuals and communities to make their schools and communities safer for everyone regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.