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.
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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