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
2023 Washington National Cathedral Event
WNC 2018

Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 6 p.m. ET – St. Joseph’s Chapel

Join us in-person or online on Thursday, November 30, as we commemorate Matthew’s birthday and honor 25 years of Matthew’s legacy. In prayer, song, and word, we will remember Matthew, reflect on his commitment to foster a more caring and just world, and resolve to embrace the dignity and equality of all people.

The Reverend Anne Kitch, a Shepard family relative who preached at Matthew’s funeral in 1998, will offer the homily. Supporters may also visit Matt’s final resting place, St. Joseph’s Chapel, prior to or immediately after the service. All are welcome to come for support, connection, reflection and engagement *Please note – ASL interpretation is offered for this service.

View the live service below.

A Service Honoring Matthew Shepard