“The Meaning of Matthew” Author Judy Shepard to Speak at Brown Theatre

  “The Meaning of Matthew” Author Judy Shepard to Speak at Brown Theatre

Brown-Forman Hosts LGBT Author/Activist for Free Public Event

Business Wire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- October 17, 2013

Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, the Laramie, Wyoming, college student
whose 1998 murder inspired the federal hate-crime prevention act of 2009, will
speak in Louisville for the first time at 3:30pm, Wednesday, October 23, at
the Brown Theatre on Broadway Avenue. The event is free and open to the
public. Tickets can be reserved in advance by contacting byoderg@b-f.com, and
will also be available at the door on the day of the event.

Shepard’s visit is part of a series of Brown-Forman employee events in October
focused on raising awareness of bullying and violence toward lesbian, gay,
bi-sexual , transgender people. The events are hosted by B.Y.O.D.,
Brown-Forman’s lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and ally Employee Resource

Shepard will discuss her son’s legacy and 2009 memoir, “The Meaning of
Matthew: My Son’s Murder in Laramie and a World Transformed,” a moving,
intimate look at how her entire life and fight for equal rights changed when
her son was killed. Speaking from a mother’s perspective, Shepard has made the
prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to
make their schools and communities safe for everyone, regardless of their
race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression. Carmichael’s
Bookstore will have signed copies of Ms. Shepard’s book available for purchase
before and following the free, public talk.

Shepard and her husband founded the nonprofit Matthew Shepard Foundation to
advocate for gay and lesbian rights and hate-crime prevention. As a well-known
national diversity speaker, she has spoken to a variety of audiences about
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues. Shepard has appeared in two
Human Rights Campaign advertisements and is actively involved with Parents,
Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

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More on Matthew and Judy Shepard:

Matthew Shepard Foundation: http://www.matthewshepard.org/

Judy Shepard Keppler Speakers Page:

  *Interview Opportunities Available with advance notice


Brown-Forman Corporation
Phil Lynch, 502-774-7928
Vice President
Director Corporate Communications and Public Relations
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