Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

New Book Announcement: “The Meaning of Matthew” by Judy Shepard

Meaning of MatthewThe Matthew Shepard Foundation, http://www.matthewshepard.org, announces the publication of a new book on Matthew Shepard authored by his mother, Judy Shepard: The Meaning of Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed. From the book announcement letter:

“Today, the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but before his grisly murder in 1998, Matthew was simply Judy Shepard’s son. For the first time in book form, Judy Shepard speaks about her loss, sharing memories of Matthew, their life as a typical American family, and the pivotal event in the small college town that changed everything.

“The Meaning of Matthew follows the Shepard family in the days immediately after the crime, when Judy and her husband traveled to see their incapacitated son, kept alive by life support machines; how the Shepards learned of the incredible response from strangers all across America who held candlelit vigils and memorial services for their child; and finally, how they struggled to navigate the legal system as Matthew’s murderers were on trial. Heart-wrenchingly honest, Judy Shepard confides with readers about how she handled the crippling loss of her child, why she became a gay rights activist, and the challenges and rewards of raising a gay child in America today.

“The Meaning of Matthew not only captures the historical significance and complicated civil rights issues surrounding one young man’s life and death, but it also chronicles one ordinary woman’s struggle to cope with the unthinkable.”

All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.  This is a landmark book not to be missed by supporters of the Unfinished Lives Project.

August 25, 2009 - Posted by | Anglo Americans, anti-LGBT hate crime murder, Beatings and battery, Bludgeoning, Book excerpts, gay men, Hate Crimes, Heterosexism and homophobia, Legislation, Matthew Shepard Act, Remembrances, Social Justice Advocacy, Wyoming | , , , , , , , , ,

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