The 25th Commemorative Year

Since our formation in 1998, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has made it our mission to Erase Hate by sharing Matt’s story to educate communities about the importance of ensuring safety, visibility, and inclusiveness for the entire LGBTQ+ community.

As we approach 25 years of changing hearts and minds around the world, we wish to celebrate the many achievements of the foundation, while formally commemorating Matthew and his inspiring legacy. In efforts to remember and reflect, please watch Gay Sons and Mothers Founder, Rick Miller’s recent interview with Judy Shepard.

Honoring Matthew Shepard: Remember, Reflect, Resolve
2022 Washington National Cathedral Event
WNC 2018

Thursday, December 1, 2022 – St. Joseph’s Chapel

Each year on December 1st, Washington National Cathedral and the Matthew Shepard Foundation honor Matthew on his birthday. The full day of events included an opportunity to pay tribute to Matt by during a Morning Prayer Service, led by the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, IX Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire (retired).

Supporters also visited Matt’s final resting place, St. Joseph’s Chapel and joined us in-person for a special evening service, which included a dedication of a portrait of Matthew by artist Kelly Latimore and commissioned by LGBTQ members of the Cathedral staff. Watch the recorded services below.

Morning Prayer
Evening Service
2022 Cathedral Photos