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The Meaning of Matthew

My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed

by Judy Shepard

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The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2009
    288 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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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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"Shepard is working diligently toassure that the Matthew Shepard Act, still stalled in Congress after a decade, gets passed, and she hopes her son's story becomes a necessary catalyst for change .... Honest and inspiring. " - Kirkus Reviews

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Lies and Makebelieve...
Face the truth.....Matt was a meth addict.

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