Mother of Matthew Shepard to Discuss Violence Prevention on Oct. 7


Mother of Matthew Shepard to Discuss Violence Prevention on Oct. 7
Judy Shepard will discuss the vital need for violence prevention on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Five years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Shepard?s death at the hands of homophobes sparked vigils, rallies and discussions nationwide. On the anniversary of the day that the University of Wyoming student was found strapped to a fence, beaten and tortured, his mother will speak at Cal Poly Pomona about the lasting legacy of hope and compassion he leaves behind.

The campus community is welcome to attend the free event, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center?s Ursa Major Suite.

Matthew Shepard left a bar with two strangers on Oct. 6, 1998, and was found gravely wounded the next evening. He died five days later on Oct. 12. Shepard?s ordeal captivated the nation, inspiring three television movies and an acclaimed play.

His mother, Judy Shepard, will discuss the vital need for violence prevention and offer steps individuals can take to make schools and communities safer for everyone. The lecture is a part of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender History Month at Cal Poly Pomona. Another featured event of the month, the annual Clothesline Project and Hate Crime Memorial, will coincide with the lecture. They will be on display Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in University Park.

This special event is made possible through Cal Poly Pomona?s Distinguished Lecture Series, the Pride Center, Associated Students Inc., Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, Stop the Violence Grant Office, University Housing Services, Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Housing Services, Counseling & Psychological Services and Student Health Services.

Seating at the Judy Shepard lecture is limited. For more information, call Jonnie Owens of the Pride Center at (909) 869-3064.