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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 I m not sure what led me to check out this book but I m so glad I did and would recommend it highly to anyone who cares about eual rights justice empathy and family I was a young mother of a toddler in October 1998 and had recently found out I was pregnant again after a traumatic miscarriage It was all about motherhood during that time for me That said I believe I can relate now than then to Judy Shepard of what it must have been like to lose her 21 year old son Matthew the victim of a brutal hate crime which sparked international media attention and an unexpected outpouring of love from strangers I wish I had the privilege of knowing this handsome funny caring young man who just happened to be gay His mom describes his empathy showing its enthusiastic face at a young age putting notes in neighbor s mailboxes to cheer people up until his grandpa the postmast

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

The mother of Matthew Shepard shares her story about her son's death and the choice she made to become an international gay rights activistToday 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 I am so glad Judy wrote this book I have known Matt my entire life basically growing up with him from the age of 1 15 I considered myself such a close friend of his but lost touch when he moved away in high school I never even knew he had come back to Wyoming until I saw the news on that awful day in October 1998 12 years later I am still having difficulty with accepting what happened to him recovering from the shock and horror and anger but so feeling guilty for not staying in touch with him and his family This book helped me heal in some waythe stories of when we were young Judy told just as I remember them I always knew Matt would turn out to be someone that would make a difference in this world Judy has made sure that he continues to do just that Thank you Matt for being the angel that still visits me in my dreams and thank you Judy for helping me cope a

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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 You knew him as Matthew To us he was Matt I have tried to reconcile the two within these pages It would be unfair to Matt if only Matthew s story was told Matt was so much than Matthew the gay twenty one year old University of Wyoming college student He had a family and countless friends He had a life before that night he was tied to that fence I really really really wanted to like this book I think I actually sueaked when I found it and signed for only 5 I wanted to like it so badly that I gave it an extra star Truthfully this was probably only a one star book I gave it the extra star because though I was too young to remember the incident 1998 I would have been in fifth grade or thereabout However I went to college in 2005 less than ten years later and I went to a primarily musictheater school What did that mean Lots of gay guys My best friends and I


10 thoughts on “The Meaning of Matthew My Son's Murder in Laramie and a World Transformed

  1. says:

    I am so glad Judy wrote this book I have known Matt my entire life basically growing up with him from the age of 1 15 I considered myself such a close friend of his but lost touch when he moved away in high school I never even knew he had come back to Wyoming until I saw the news on that awful day in October 1

  2. says:

    I think it is presumptuous to rate the book Shepard is not a literary figure and it reads as though she dictated rather than wrote the story But I am not giving stars to this account of her personal grief uibbles about her style are ultimately meaninglessI directed THE LARAMIE PROJECT about eight years ago and w

  3. says:

    My thoughts on this book It's a hard thing to really say At the moment my emotions are all over the place and I f

  4. says:

    The name Matthew Shepard brings to mind gay rights hate crimes and a brutal death brought upon by ignorance But in The Meaning of Matthew Judy Shepard Matthew's mother points out an important fact Matthew wasn't perfect an angel or a saint He was human Early reports almost deified Matt presenting him as a mart

  5. says:

    Heartbreaking Moving Inspiring Eye Opening A Beautiful Read I Loved It

  6. says:

    I'm not sure what led me to check out this book but I'm so glad I did and would recommend it highly to anyone who cares about eual rights justice empathy and family I was a young mother of a toddler in October 1998 and ha

  7. says:

    If Judy Shepard's purpose was to disavow us of the impression that her son was a saint for the GLBT movement she did her job I foun

  8. says:

    Judy Shepard writes about how important it was for her to hold her emotions in check during the aftermath of her son's murder She continues to do so in her book and I am grateful for that I expected that her book would be devastating to read

  9. says:

    You knew him as Matthew To us he was Matt I have tried to reconcile the two within these pages It would be unfair to Matt if only Matthew's story was told Matt was so much than 'Matthew the gay twenty one year old University of Wyoming college student' He had a family and countless friends He had a life before that night he was tied to that fence I really really really wanted to like this book I think I actually sueaked when I found it and

  10. says:

    I'm sure many of us remember when Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten and ultimately died of his injuries I was amazed when I picked up this book that it had been so long way back in October 1998 I couldn't believe it had been than dozen years and I still remembered all of the details released through the mass media There are three brief comments I have on this bookFirst Judy Shepard is not a professional au