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Author Shepard, Judy.

Title The meaning of Matthew : my son's murder in Laramie, and a world transformed / Judy Shepard with Jon Barrett.

Imprint New York, N.Y. : Hudson Street Press, c2009.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    306.766 SHE    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    364.152 SHE    Available
Description xiii, 273 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary 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 her 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 that changed everything. The book follows the Shepard family in the days after the crime, when their incapacitated son was on life support; how they learned of the 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. It not only captures the historical significance and civil rights issues, but it also chronicles one ordinary woman's struggle to cope with the unthinkable.--From publisher description.
Subject Shepard, Matthew, d. 1998 -- Death and burial.
Shepard, Judy.
Shepard, Matthew, d. 1998 -- Family.
Gay men -- Crimes against -- Wyoming -- Laramie.
Homicide -- Wyoming -- Laramie.
Mothers and sons -- United States.
Children -- United States -- Death.
Loss (Psychology)
Gay rights -- United States.
Laramie (Wyo.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Added Author Barrett, Jon.
ISBN 9781594630576 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1594630577 (hardcover : alk. paper)

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