Shepard's ashes will be interred Friday at the Washington National Cathedral.
The memory of the anti-gay hate crime remains even as LGBTQ acceptance has advanced in the state.
The Shepard family called the site the "perfect" place for their son's ashes 20 years after his death.
“I’ve seen what can happen as the result of hate."
We are Boston Strong in our resolve to remain united in the face of tragedy. We are Boston Strong in our ability to show mercy amid our grief. We are Boston Strong in our belief that in the midst of tragedy, we may now truly begin the healing process.
The brutality of the crime shocked the world, but no one was as shocked as Judy and Dennis. As Judy tells Oprah in the above
People see parts of themselves in Matt, both good and bad, and then the message sinks in, that these victims are more than icons or figures. They're people who feel love, pain, happiness and sadness.
"We knew we weren’t going to get very far with past leadership, but with President Obama, he’s a leader who understands social
Even after 16 years, the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.
At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.