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(2447) charles
Tue, 22 October 2013 16:56:58 +0000

I have been a admirer or Matthew since I read the beautiful book The Meaning of Matthew written by his mother. R.I.P Matt. I love u :)

(2446) Jerome E. Van Natta
Thu, 10 October 2013 04:05:51 +0000

After 15 years, you are not forgotten Matthew. I visited your murder site in 1999 and felt the spirit you left on that cold lonely night. I have been back again only once and will probably never return but those trips inspired me to try to be a better person. Thank you Matthew! In death, you have accomplished more good than most people ever do in life. Your presence is missed but your spirit remains strong in many hearts and minds.

Jerome E. Van Natta
Sergeant - UW Madison Police Department

(2445) Simon Bird
Wed, 9 October 2013 19:35:18 +0000

Hello. I am a 50 year old gay man from London in the UK. I can remember that devastating incident back in 1998. It was very much in the news headlines over here and we were absolutely appauled and extremely upset. We have been well informed about it. It has happened here of course. My heart goes out to Matthew's parents Judy and Dennis and of course his brother. Thye are so brave and it's brilliant what they have been doing as well as other individuals involved in the foundation to educate the public and erradicate homophobia and bullying, as well as supporting young people who are gay. Last night I watched the film about Matthew and his parents - up to and after his death. It starred Stockard Channing. Well I cried and cried and cried. It made me so sad. I just wanted you to know that. Simon

(2444) Karen Andresen
Sun, 6 October 2013 21:10:51 +0000

I am so sorry. I suffer along with my gay teenage son everyday and worry about his safety.Even though we live in the SF area, he was kicked out of the Boy Scouts, and shown a lot of rejection in his short life. He has changed me to be a more tolerant and kind person and has opened my eyes to all the injustice in the world, while changing the policy for youth in the BSA. I am truly sorry for your loss of such a beautiful son, and the many others that have to suffer for who they are. Thank you for all you do, Ryan's mom

(2443) Michelle
Fri, 4 October 2013 15:27:05 +0000

I've heard of this remarkable young man before but have never read his story before until now...he would be 2 years older than I am. His story made me cry and I just wanted to tell his family my prayers are with them and to keep doing what they are doing! We will get our revenge on Ole Miss when Texas A&M plays them this season in football --- no worries! :)

(2442) lynda
Mon, 30 September 2013 16:20:07 +0000

I just watched the movie about mathew and was totally heartbroken , I'm so sorry for your loss my your good work continue forever x

(2441) charles
Sun, 29 September 2013 03:31:03 +0000

I have been a great admirer of Matthew and Judy ever since I read her book The Meaning of Matthew. Matthew is always in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing his life with is and for this wonderful site :)

(2440) Kev S Dempsey
Sat, 21 September 2013 19:00:27 +0000

I never had the pleasure to know or meet Matt or infact anyone of his family and friends. I have today watched the movie and everytime I watch it, I always get upset because it brings everything into context.
My condolences to the Shepard family for their loss but also my respect for keeping Matthew's memory alive.

(2439) Vino Maharaj
Sun, 15 September 2013 01:19:05 +0000

Friend of this foundation,
I recently watched the movie which found on youtube. my heart sunk with sorrow, only to find out this was a true story. May God bless Matthews legacy and his family. I myself I am a gay male ,about to be deported back to Trinidad ,I am fighting my case to stay , because I don't want to go back there in fear I will be killed for being gay. I hope someone can say a prayer for me and Matthew would bless me.

(2438) David
Thu, 12 September 2013 03:17:28 +0000

Hi I am reading the book now I never forgot the story and how this young man suffered for no reason just because he was different. I am 57 and still I have to look over my shoulder to make sure I am safe. you really can never let you guard down you never know whats in someone elses head. I live my life and try not to let that get in my way but for gay people it is not easy. my mom new at a young age I was gay and I think she new my life would not be and easy one and she is right she loved me very much and she supported me in my life. she is no longer with me so I have no one to tell my stories to no one to laugh with only the way we new how to laugh. and if I got hurt and alone she was there to say not to worry it will get better. your son touched me I am so sorry he died but there are so many people who now know who he is and he will never be forgotten he is a treasure in my mind and inspiration of hope. I hope some how you find warth in your heart with all the kind words from so many people about your beautiful boy. Mathew has died so many people die and are forgotten after time. Mathew will never be forgotten I never forgot the young man that I was and that matt was and may we all live and learn and have courage from his story. Lets never have another Mathew story in our lifes. thank for the book thank for sharing your thoughts thank for being matts mom. . with kind regards and lots of strength I send to you may god bless you as you carry on your plight. Dave from Orangeville Ontario canada

(2437) stacey walling
Sun, 26 May 2013 06:00:00 +0000

I am sickened and heart-broken over this
tragedy. I just re-read about the life and death of Matthew and it
hurts as much today as it did years ago. I am the proud mother of a
22 year old gay son and I worry about his safety every time he
walks out the door. I cannot express the respect I have for
Matthew's parents. I'm so sorry for this senseless act and send
nothing but love to the family and Matthew.

(2436) greg gilbert
Fri, 17 May 2013 06:00:00 +0000

Years have passed and many other stories have
prevailed but none in comparison and in compassion as this...
....Its difficult to express in words the deep sadness i feel, and
felt, for the parents and family of mathew shepard. He's gone but
the pain of his passing beats on in the hearts and souls of a
mother's tears and a father's loving embrace....
.....and yet in the midst of all the sadness and tears we still
manage to sing and dance, as unfair as it seems, and as a society
we take one step further from remembering....
......but I, as a gay person, will never forget and will always
remember the sorrow and senselessness i felt by his passing and am
painfully reminded every time a child hatefully screams faggot or a
society blatantly discriminates and condemns and judges the decency
of the love between any gender or frivolous as this
sounds i am eternally sorry.

(2435) Imogen
Fri, 10 May 2013 06:00:00 +0000

Last year I was picked to be part of a cast
of 40 year 10-12s for our school production of the Laramie Project.
The whole cast and everyone involved with the play has become
extremely close to the story and I have no doubts that we'll
always remember Matt's legacy. On behalf of the cast of the
Laramie Project at John Curtin College of the Arts, I would like to
acknowledge how Laramie's stories have made their way into all of
our hearts here in Perth.
We're performing in 6 days and we have four performances. The
whole cast are excited to send a message to Perth and to raise
awareness of Matthew's story!

(2434) JIm
Sat, 4 May 2013 06:00:00 +0000

Matt, I cry each time I see your photo or one
of the You Tube movies about you. I pray for you and I'm sure I
would have loved to meet you in person. May you rest in peace in
With all the Love I can Give... Jim

(2433) Lisa Purtue
Tue, 30 April 2013 06:00:00 +0000

I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. This
should have never happen in America or to our children. I'm very
happy legislation has been passed to protect those who are
vulnerable within our society. My deepest sympathies to you and
your family. May peace be with you. Matthew will never be

(2432) Richard Martin
Sun, 7 April 2013 06:00:00 +0000

Today is Sunday 7th April 2013. I went with
some friends today to see the play The Laramie Project here in
London Ontario. It was done by a group called Original Kids Theatre
Company. From the play I learnt so much as to what happened and was
so deeply moved.Even after all these years my heart goes out to the
Shepard family as to what they all went through, and fight on with
what you are doing.

(2431) J-C Bertrand
Tue, 26 March 2013 06:00:00 +0000

I had forgotten how disgusting and horrible
this murder of Matthew Shepard was - it bears re-reading. I am
happy to read that the boys are now 'bitches' to other inmates in
the prisons - exactly what they deserve. RIP Matthew - your short
life has become a shining beacon against hate and haters.
Unfortunately, in 2013, we still have a long way to go. (sad face

(2430) Tyler
Wed, 6 March 2013 07:00:00 +0000

As a straight guy this whole situation makes
me sick nobody should have to fear for there life because they are
gay it was a travesty its nice to see that my city Buffalo is for
the most part a very accepting place to be for that community and I
have many friends who are gay who are all great people. People need
to just move on and if you choose not to accept there life then
simply mind your own business Shepard family you should be proud of
your son RIP

(2429) T. Kania
Tue, 5 March 2013 07:00:00 +0000

My condolences to Matthew and his family,
This should have never happened and I pray that equality becomes
the new normal and no one ever has to go through this again!
Rest in Peace Matthew <3

(2428) Larry
Thu, 14 February 2013 07:00:00 +0000

I had s similar experience to Matthew
Shepard. I was befriended by these two Navy guys back in the 80's.
They offered to drink beer with me then the tackled me, pulled my
white coat up over my head so I couldn't defend myself, and beat
me till I was unconscious. They broke my nose, cheek bone, finger,
rib, and jaw. They kept on kicking me and taking turns beating me
up. I ****** and **** on myself as I was loosing conciousness. They
took my pants off, and the rest of my clothes, and left me naked
dieing on the beach here in Norfolk. It bothers me still. The guys
who beat me up went to jail for less than a year and got kicked out
of the Navy. Nothing good came of any of it. I don't think the
guys who did it to me (I'm not posting their names) ever really
felt sorry. They were sorry they got caught. I have PTSD from it I

(2427) Kathy
Mon, 28 January 2013 07:00:00 +0000

Beautiful boy. This should never have
happened and all sane people need to make sure that it does not
EVER happen again. Sleep peacefully

Fri, 26 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

I am not gay, but EVERYONE has the RIGHT to
be what they want to be...I do not think for one moment that Matt
(as he liked to be called) touched either one of those murderers
inappropriately...They are LIARS...I am a student at the Univ. of
Mich and this story is a assignment for me. I am glad to have read
it and I became FURIOUS about it. Those guys look like skin heads
and they are BULLIES and they are COWARDS and most likely had
tendencies of their own to be homosexual. I feel so sorry for his
mom and family and so I decided to speak out. If anyone feels
threatened by someone else's lifestyle, then they need to see a
clinician of some kind. I m a Psychologist and I know people who
HATE have serious mental issues that need to be address immediately
before they can express their displeasure upon someone else and

(2425) John
Wed, 24 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

This is the first time I,ve heard this trajic
story. I am sure Mat is in peace. I hope His family have found some
comfort too. I am disgusted to the bone of what those individuals
did to Him. Pure animals who do not deserve to be in society again.
I think the death sentence would of been appropriate but then I
think is that the easy way out for such SCUM. At least they will be
in prison for life until death- should it of happened here in the
UK they would of been released now with a university degree. I do
think America as the penal code correct for such horrid people.
Anyway back to the other point I,ve been reading from other
bloggers on here telling us that Mat was this, Mat was that. To be
honest Whatever Mat did with Alcohol etc (allegation-not known), He
still did,nt deserve this ending. I think such negative comments
about mat should be removed and lets concentrate on the real
villains or then again maybe not- removed from society for good.
Best wishes to Mat,s family for the future. I am aware this
happened a while ago although to many it will seem like yesterday
and it should of never happened in the first instance. Regards J
from England.25/10/2012

(2424) Erica Hutcherson
Tue, 16 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

Such Heartbreak.......

(2423) V. Brown
Sat, 13 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

In all that everyone has written, Matthew nor
anyone else who lives a diffrent life style deserves to die they
way Matt did! all we can do to change someone is pray for them. God
is the one who brought us into this world and he is really the only
one decides when we leave; however God must have beleived Matt's
work had been done here and that's why he called him home under the
cirrumatnces that he faced before he passed knowing that he may
never lived the life prior to his death again! May God be with all
who hate and forgive those who do wrong, because they will face
their death one day for taking the life of another!

(2422) Rebecca Garcia
Sat, 13 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

I could Never Forget the wrong doing that was
done to him. The idiocy and stupidity of people I will never
understand. R.I.P. Matt

(2421) Patrick MacDonald
Mon, 8 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

I am still trying to stop the tears flowing
out of my eyes.. I just finished reading Matthew's story and my
thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends... R.I.P

(2420) shawn hadden
Thu, 4 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

i have followed this crime for some time now
and it has totally changed my views and perception of the gay life
and who we are. thanks you to judy for striving to gets us the
rights we deserve, its unfortunate it took something like this to
make people start to realize. to matthew, rip, for you are with god
now and i believe there is a very special place for up there.your
death has changed a country and your family is only making it a
better place for those left behind. god bless and thank you to
mathews family.

(2419) Adriana Z
Mon, 1 October 2012 06:00:00 +0000

There are no words to express what happened
to Matt, and there is no punishment big enough for hatred
Matt, I know you are among the stars... your family is down here,
with us, praying and working to put an end on this terrible thing
that it is dicrminitation....

(2418) JustRobbieG
Thu, 20 September 2012 06:00:00 +0000

When I first read about Mathew Sheppard
history, I was soOOO saddened and wounded . I pray that wherever he is, he is resting in
peace...No one as nice as him deserve to die like this. I would
have so much wanted to meet him one day...From what I read, Mat was
really willing to support the gay movement, today because of him an
association for gays, has been set up...But the unfortunate thing
is that he is no longer of this world to admire it. I LOVE YOU FOR

(2417) Landon
Mon, 17 September 2012 06:00:00 +0000

Playing Matt Galloway in Laramie project
soon. I'm dedicating every moment to you Matt.

(2416) Laura
Tue, 11 September 2012 06:00:00 +0000

Matthew's story STILL to this day breaks my
heart. I hope that his family and friends were able to find some

(2415) Larry W
Fri, 17 August 2012 01:54:47 +0000

I saw the story on life time many years ago and it really saddened my heart, I pray that the Shepherd family finds closure and that God blesses them in the future, may this tagedy never happen to anyone else...

I pray that the family is surrounded by love and respect

God bless you all

(2414) Stacy Schenk
Tue, 24 July 2012 23:51:09 +0000

God Bless Matt's family and all of you for supporting equality and peace :) “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix

(2413) Den
Fri, 20 July 2012 02:34:46 +0000

I have one thing to say be who you want live your life no one is better then anyone else for 2 guys to beat Matthew to death is chicken and had no reason to hurt someone that is gay everyone is people to no matter gay bi or what its a life they took RIP Matthew you are love by so many

(2412) Scott Bartram
Wed, 27 June 2012 21:47:04 +0000

No one will ever know the horrific pain that Matthew's parents have felt and hopefully no one will ever have to experience what Matthew went through. Bless you for having the strength to endure all that you have and Thank you for bringing Matthew into this world. NOH8

(2411) Jonathon Maser
Tue, 26 June 2012 03:58:07 +0000

God Bless Matthew and his family for changing the world! RIP

(2410) Jan
Thu, 14 June 2012 00:05:48 +0000

Yet again I find myself glued to True Movies as they re-run the "Matthew Shepard story", it doesn't matter how many times I have seen this film it still moves me the same way, such a sad, sad story. RIP Matthew.

2012 we have come a long way, my gay friends are openly gay - no-one bats an eyelid, nor should they. Then I read some posts on here - am I been naive ? I thought that homophobia was a thing of the past ? The world needs to move forward, with people holding their heads up high x

(2409) ingrid wiker
Sun, 10 June 2012 15:03:55 +0000

I just want to write something.. it make me so sad what happened to Matt. ALL MY LOVE TO THE KINDNESS OF HUMANITY.

(2408) Melissa Francis
Tue, 29 May 2012 00:59:23 +0000

We started watching "The Matthew Shepard Story" movie in my Human Dynamics class today and when I got home I started thinking about it and the words that come in to my mind that I would like to say to those people that hurt Matthew, is totally unacceptable for anyone's eyes. The movie touched me so much, I've always been a supporter of the gay/lesbian community and I always will be. Love is between two human beings, no matter of what sex or race. While we were watching the movie, the very beginning of it brought tears to my eyes - that was only a reenactment of his actual struggle. But while my eyes were trembling, the boys in the back of my classroom were saying things that I don't understand where they get the hearts to say it. It disgust me and just hurt that people think a person deserves this kind of hurt. I'm so happy that you're sharing his story for everyone to know and come to realize what happened to him. My deepest sympathy goes out to Matthew's entire family.

(2407) Shelly
Sun, 20 May 2012 06:00:00 +0000

Matthew, I am sorry that you suffered at all
and I thank you for the ray of light you left here with us.

(2406) Chris Hartung
Fri, 18 May 2012 19:09:20 +0000

Hey guys names Chris just wanna say I'm gratefull for places like this they keep me from going crazy in this world. Tras-pride

(2405) Matthew
Mon, 7 May 2012 21:04:30 +0000

My name is Matthew, I am 22 years old living in Midland Tx. I am a closet bisexual and Ive just finished read "the meaning of Matthew"... This book has changed the way I think, down to its very core, and brought tears to my eyes. I don't know if she will ever read this but, Mrs. Judy Shepard I want to thank you for tell me your story so personaly! I was content to never trying to change the prejudice toward G.L.B.T. in Tx. but after reading your words no one who is G.L.B.T. or straight should be able to let hatred go unchecked. I guess the point im trying to make is this, Though im still not out to even my parents Matthews Story has changed what drives and makes me, me and I want to show the world Love... Thank you Mrs. J. Shepard for your words! ~M.W.~

(2404) Aaron Crain
Wed, 25 April 2012 05:40:57 +0000

Matthew, he saved my life. I was so down and depressed about myself and confused about who I was. Hearing about Matthew's personality and his love for life and of other people made me OK, and helped me come to terms with who I was. Then I realized that the reason why everyone was talking about Matthew was because he was dead. I did some research into his story, and I was saddened, but most of all infuriated that something bad could happen to such a great human being. So I became someone to speak out about hate crimes. Matthew helped realize that not only was it OK to be gay, but it was OK to be different. I am physical handicapped due to Cerybral Palsy. It wasn't until I heard Matthew's touching story that I every become self confident. Now I live my life pushing for equal rights for all, but most importantly I live my life proud of who I am. Exactly how I think Matthew would have lived his. Matthew even though you have passed on I hope you realize that you have changed my life for the better and I will live ever day of my life to try and thank you.

(2403) josh dickerson
Thu, 19 April 2012 04:50:06 +0000

thank you for what you do. may matt rip

(2402) Tim Welther
Fri, 13 April 2012 06:45:14 +0000

Tonight my partner and I went to see the Play The Laramie Project; The Matthew Sheperd Story. I was greatly moved by this play. The stage didn't have too many props to it but, there were 2 props that were the main feature of this play and they were 2 fences..and, I just couldn't keep my eyes off of them knowing how Matthew suffered on that fence. That is an image that will be forever in my heart.

(2401) kathy
Thu, 12 April 2012 23:05:02 +0000

i too have a gay son who was bullied at school and is still to this day been taunted and harrashed about who he is, he has turned to drugs and several suciced attempts.... im very sorry for what has happened to matthew and his family. i think of matthew often and say a prayer for him always..god bless his family ..

(2400) Stephanie Stevenson
Sat, 7 April 2012 21:31:10 +0000

Mathew your story is very inspirational and you have affected so much change. I'm doing a paper for school and your story is the main topic. Not only do I recognize the strength it took you but the strength in everyone in the LGBT nation. I love all of you and will support you to the end.

(2399) Susna Daddio
Tue, 20 March 2012 08:13:23 +0000

Matthew's story will continue to sadden, anger, educate and help people forever. I dislike the side of myself that comes to surface when I think of the people who have committed and continue to commit any hate crime. For a moment I am no better than them. Its only a moment but its still a moment and it shames me. I am only better because I recognize the ugliness and chose to dismiss it.

(2398) Cole Brownfield
Mon, 19 March 2012 03:04:20 +0000

Today, I went with my school's theater department to see " The Laramie Project". It really touched me. I could not believe that two people could and would do this to some college student, Matthew Sheapard just because he was gay. Just crazy.




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