In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Tonight, as an activist who speaks out against anti-gay violence, Shepard comes to Indiana University to talk about her experience and her goal to make schools and communities safer for everyone. News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Shepard for today’s WFHB feature exclusive.
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Indiana University Junior Kaleb Crain will see the culmination of a years-long effort to spread acceptance and support for Indiana University students when Judy Sheppard brings her lecture “The Meaning of Matthew” to Whittenberger Auditorium tomorrow evening.
As an IU freshmen, Crain, a Bloomington native, experienced hate slurs from an anti-gay demonstrator on campus, who singled out Crain in front of a crowd and stated that he was wheelchair-bound because of homosexual sins. While this angered Crain, it was a second personal tragedy that showed Crain that there was a need for supportive voices like those of Judy Shepard on campus.
WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Crain about the effort behind tomorrow’s lecture.