The Meaning of Matthew

The Meaning of Matthew

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

Book - 2009
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Penguin Putnam
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 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.



Baker & Taylor
Describes the author’s struggle to cope with the loss of her son, discussing first-hand the days immediately following his murder in 1998, including the incredible response from strangers, navigating the legal system, and why she became a gay rights activist.

Book News
This account of Matthew Shepard's murder in 1998 and the effect it had on gay rights and hate crime legislation is told from the viewpoint of his mother Judy, providing general readers insights into her loss, her legal battles against the murderers and her subsequent emergence as an international activist. The author describes Matthew's family life up until 1998 and then explores the media frenzy and public reaction to her son's murder. Shepard also discusses her battle to maintain the difference between her son as a person and her son as a modern symbol for gay rights. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the author's struggle to cope with the loss of her son, discussing first-hand the days immediately following his murder in 1998, including the incredible response from strangers, navigating the legal system, and why she became a gay rights activist.

Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781594630576
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 SHEPA SHEPA
Characteristics: xiii, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Barrett, Jon

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Bookworm39
Mar 21, 2012

Everyone should read this book. It tells the consequences of hate crimes. Someone innocent has to die. A lot of people can relate to this story. Excellent

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Jay_kun
Apr 09, 2010

An excellent book looking into a horrendous act. Being told by Matthew's mother makes the story almost unbearably sad, and shows us that Matthew was more than just the now infamous victim of a gay bashing.

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