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SAGINAW – Thanks to a donation from PFLAG Tri-Cities, Saginaw Valley State University’s Gay-Straight alliance is bringing Judy Shepard to SVSU Feb. 1.
Shepard, an advocate of LGBT equality and a national speaker against hate and violence, was thrust into the national spotlight when her son Matthew was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in an anti-gay hate crime. Her son’s story is behind the play “The Laramie Project” which has been performed across the country.
“No mother should have to see her child’s life cut short because of hate,” said Shepard in a video message on the anniversary of her son’s death in October 2005. “My son Matthew was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime seven years ago this month. Since then, too many other innocent Americans have been attacked or killed because they were gay or transgender. But Congress still hasn’t acted. Every American child deserves the strongest protections from some of this country’s most heinous crimes.”
Judy Shepard will give a talk entitled Tragedy and The Consequences of Hate, Feb. 1 at SVSU’s Performing Arts Theatre inside Curtis Hall/Groening Commons at 7 p.m. (3400 Bay Rd. Saginaw). This event is free and open to the public.