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A wonderful interview with Judy! Continued support and love for her and her family. Thank you, queerty!
I want to give her a big hug.
Matthew’s demise was not in vain. He was instrumental in giving hate a face, so that people, who may otherwise be unmoved, were motivated to act. Equality from coast to coast, until then, we are 2nd class American citizens.
Even after all this time I still feel such a profound sadness from his death.
You are right Mathew IS a hero !!!!
Judy’s the hero. Matthew was just a poor sweet kid who became a martyr without asking for it. Judy watched her son die in the hospital (I can’t fathom that kind of grief) and the experience turned her into a champion for civil rights. I weep for Matthew, but I cheer for his beautiful mother.
“I said I thought he would see it in his lifetime, but I would not see it in my lifetime. Of course, it happened the other way around. And that’s the sad irony to it all.”
Judy, you were an inspiration to me when you spoke at the big March on Washington back in the 90’s. What a wonderful legacy to your son you have made from your tragedy. “life is like a grindstone… whether is wears you down or polishes you up, depends on what you’re made of”….. Judy you are a beautiful diamond! Thank you for all you have done.
…I’m 50s and came out about two years ago…in all of the history of the LGBT struggle, the single, most galvanising moment for me is and continues to be the haunting image of how and why Matthew Shepard died…I have children, nephews…it could have been any one of them or anyone’s loved one…the brutality of Matthew’s death moves me to tears and anger even now…it is impossible for me to imagine that anyone, ANYONE, could die in such a manner owing to their sexual orientation…every day that I live, every thing that I do to further the cause of LGBT acceptance, tolerance and equal rights in American society, is because of him…he would be astonished at the place we are in America now…it is his epitaph and legacy…xo…
@Charli Girl: He is indeed. But at such cost, such cost…
It saddens me to know that after twenty years and the loss of such a beautiful person like Mathew, that somone wants to profit from his loss. Rest in peace Mathew, we love you.
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