Guest Speaker: Judy Shepard
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Location: Jackson Auditorium
Gay Rights Advocate and Mother of Matthew Shepard
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. This includes working for gay and lesbian equality, hate crime legislation, and raising awareness using programs developed by the foundation. Judy is determined to use her grief over her son's death to make a difference. She is now speaking to audiences nationwide about what they can do as individuals and communities to make this world a more accepting place for everyone regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, and expression. All proceeds from her speaking engagements go to support the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
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