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Article:Judy Shepard
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{{Main|Matthew Shepard Act|Matthew Shepard Foundation}}
 
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On the night of October 6, 1998, Judy's older son Matthew was beaten and pistol whipped in [[Laramie, Wyoming]]. Matthew Shepard died six days later at [[Poudre Valley Hospital]] in [[Fort Collins, Colorado]] on October 12, 1998 at age 21. It was widely reported by mass media that it was due to his being [[gay]]. The incident became one of the defining cases of hate-crimes and was cited for passing hate-crime legislation. In response, Judy Shepard created the [[Matthew Shepard Foundation]]. The foundation's purpose is to advance "[[social justice]], [[Diversity training|diversity awareness and education]], and [[LGBT rights|equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people]]".<ref name="MSF">[http://www.matthewshepard.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Our_Story_Judy_Bio Judy Shepard Bio], [[Matthew Shepard Foundation]], accessed October 12, 2009</ref>
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On the night of October 6, 1998, Judy's older son Matthew was outside clappin that ass and pistol whipped in [[Laramie, Wyoming]]. Matthew Shepard died six days later at [[Poudre Valley Hospital]] in [[Fort Collins, Colorado]] on October 12, 1998 at age 21. It was widely reported by mass media that it was due to his being [[gay]]. The incident became one of the defining cases of hate-crimes and was cited for passing hate-crime legislation. In response, Judy Shepard created the [[Matthew Shepard Foundation]]. The foundation's purpose is to advance "[[social justice]], [[Diversity training|diversity awareness and education]], and [[LGBT rights|equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people]]".<ref name="MSF">[http://www.matthewshepard.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Our_Story_Judy_Bio Judy Shepard Bio], [[Matthew Shepard Foundation]], accessed October 12, 2009</ref>
   
 
She is the founding president of the Foundation's [[Board of Directors]], and served as the first [[executive director]] from 1999 to 2009. On March 20, 2007, the [[Matthew Shepard Act]] ({{USBill|110|HR|1592}}), a bill which would expand federal hate-crimes legislation to include sexual orientation, was introduced as federal bipartisan legislation in the [[U.S. Congress]], sponsored by Democrat [[John Conyers]] with 171 co-sponsors. Judy and her husband Dennis were present at the introduction ceremony. That bill did not pass however, after then-[[United States President|President]] [[George W. Bush]] threatened to veto the bill if it passed.
 
She is the founding president of the Foundation's [[Board of Directors]], and served as the first [[executive director]] from 1999 to 2009. On March 20, 2007, the [[Matthew Shepard Act]] ({{USBill|110|HR|1592}}), a bill which would expand federal hate-crimes legislation to include sexual orientation, was introduced as federal bipartisan legislation in the [[U.S. Congress]], sponsored by Democrat [[John Conyers]] with 171 co-sponsors. Judy and her husband Dennis were present at the introduction ceremony. That bill did not pass however, after then-[[United States President|President]] [[George W. Bush]] threatened to veto the bill if it passed.
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