Karine Jean-Pierre
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Matthew Shepard

When he was just 21, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was offered a ride home by two straight men. The violence that happened next shocked a nation into action. After being beaten, robbed, and tortured, he was left for dead in the wilderness where he lay tied to a fence for 18 hours before someone found him. He never regained consciousness. The media coverage of the attack and the trial—where the murderers tried explaining away their attack by saying Matthew tried to come on to them—awoke a nation to the reality of anti-LGBT hate crimes, and has since led to hate-crime legislation protecting queer Americans.

“People are people, and I would hate to think that you would reject one of your children because they happen to be gay,” Judy Shepard said.

October 13 2020 5:51 PM

Hate crime victim's remains were interred there last year.

November 25 2019 8:32 AM

Judy and Dennis Shepard reflect on the 10th anniversary of the hate-crimes law bearing their son's name, which is the subject of a new Oxygen special.

October 19 2019 4:53 AM

It's "hypocritical" for Barr to celebrate the hate-crimes law named for their son while supporting discrimination, Judy and Dennis Shepard said.

October 16 2019 8:16 PM

Coming off of the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, his parents, Judy and Dennis, will be ally marshals of the event.

2:11 PM

Shepard's ashes were interred today at the Washington National Cathedral.

October 26 2018 2:16 PM

It's easy to think the world has completely evolved since 1998; the truth is more nuanced.

October 13 2018 8:46 AM