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The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

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The mother of Matthew Shepard shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist

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.

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This account of Matthew Shepard's murder in 1998 and the effect it had on gay rights and hate crime legislation is told from the viewpoint of his mother Judy, providing general readers insights into her loss, her legal battles against the murderers and her subsequent emergence as an international activist. The author describes Matthew's family life up until 1998 and then explores the media frenzy and public reaction to her son's murder. Shepard also discusses her battle to maintain the difference between her son as a person and her son as a modern symbol for gay rights. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The mother of Matthew Shepard, the young man murdered in 1998 simply for being gay, shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist.

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"A courageous, eloquent, and devoted mother...gives us all a greater understanding of Matthew and the larger meaning of his life."

-Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Today, Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard's son. In The Meaning of Matthew, Judy Shepard confides how she handled her crippling loss in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son's name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

Heart-wrenchingly honest, The Meaning of Matthew is an unforgettable and inspiring story, chronicling one ordinary woman's struggle to cope with the unthinkable.

About the Author

JUDY SHEPARD is cofounder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which is dedicated to social justice, diversity awareness and education, and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Shepard speaks across the country on behalf of the foundation.

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Grady Harp, March 7, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
An Homage and Call to Action

It is difficult to believe that the murder that shocked the world - the hate crime committed on Matthew Shepard - happened twelve years ago. The heinous torture and beating to death of a young lad just 21 years of age, left to suffer tied to a fence in Laramie, Wyoming in winter of 1998, all because of his sexual preference is still caught in the throats of all people who believe in human rights and the protection of every member of society despite their color, creed, social status or sexuality. What Judy Shepard has achieved in this fast reading, immensely gripping book is to allow us to examine all aspects of this crime in a way that only a member of a family of a victim could share. She writes well, shares the background of her firstborn son from his birth to his death, unafraid to reveal even those aspects of Matthew's behavior that make him seem less than a hero, is able to give a detailed account of the horrid incident that shook the world, and the subsequent trials of the two young men who killed Matthew, and yet manage to summarize he book with a plea for action to prevent such hate crimes from ever happening again.

Judy Shepard shares her alliance with the Human Rights Campaign and ultimately informs the reader about the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The focus of that foundation is '1. Erase Hate: Educating society about all aspects of hate - whether it's based on race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. 2. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Equality and 3. Put Children First: the goal here is to educate the public on the needs of gay and lesbian youth.' Judy Shepard is a powerful spokesperson, more so because she is quietly solid in her plans and her demeanor and her writing. This is a testament to both Matthew Shepard and to all those people like Judy Shepard who fight to right the injustices of the world. Very Fine Book, this. Grady Harp
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594630576
Subtitle:
My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed
Author:
Shepard, Judy
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Gay rights -- United States.
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100525
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.02x6.36x1.11 in. 1.16 lbs.
Age Level:
14-13

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"Synopsis" by , The mother of Matthew Shepard, the young man murdered in 1998 simply for being gay, shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activist.
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"A courageous, eloquent, and devoted mother...gives us all a greater understanding of Matthew and the larger meaning of his life."

-Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Today, Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard's son. In The Meaning of Matthew, Judy Shepard confides how she handled her crippling loss in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son's name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

Heart-wrenchingly honest, The Meaning of Matthew is an unforgettable and inspiring story, chronicling one ordinary woman's struggle to cope with the unthinkable.

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