What: “The Meaning of Matthew with Judy Shepard”
When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 7-9pm
Where: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, will be speaking from a mother’s perspective. As a diversity speaker, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression.
Go to the program page for more details about Judy Shepard, her son, and this special event.
April 7-14 is Holocaust Remembrance week, and in the LGBT community the Holocaust carries some more modern significances–only recently was the reasoning behind many gay and lesbian arrests & time concentration camps recognized publicly.
Gunther Grau discusses LGBT persecution in Germany during World War II in his book Hidden Holocaust?, highlighting some aspects of the Holocaust that are not as well-known as others.
And though much progress has been made against LGBTQ violence, hate crimes are still very much a part of daily life for some LGBTQ people. This week at the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union at IU Bloomington, Judy Shepard will speak about the murder of her son, Matthew Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming.
Judy’s book, The Meaning of Matthew, discusses not only the death of her son, but dealing with the press and the extensive support from the LGBTQ community nationwide. Judy’s talk is on April 10, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and is free for students. She is a moving and heartfelt speaker, and it is well worth taking the time off from cramming for finals and projects to come and listen!