Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

With her upcoming independent feature documentary film, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, filmmaker Michele Josue has set out to tell the story of her friend Matthew Shepard’s life and tragic death through the lens of those who knew him best.
The feature length documentary will be released to select audiences in October to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Matthew’s passing.
On the night of October 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was singled out for being gay and brutally attacked near Laramie, Wyoming. Six days later Matthew died from the injuries sustained that horrific night. At the time, no protections existed to allow the Department of Justice to assist in prosecuting acts of violence in which a victim is chosen because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, has served on the HRC Board of Directors since 2001. She and her husband, Dennis, were instrumental in the fight to pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.
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