Thursday, October 17, 2013

Judy Shepard to speak at Brown Theatre in Louisville

Cover of "The Meaning of Matthew: My Son'...
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 Group.

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.

As an aside, I am frequently surprised by things that don't comport with my own preconceptions. It would never dawn on me that the makers of Jack Daniels would have an LGBTA Employee Resource Group.
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