This inspirational community luncheon gives voice to the power of living openly, honestly and with authenticity at work, in our families and in our communities of faith. The realities of living anthentic life are deeper than being "out". We all have many layers of identity and we must work together to create a world where people can bring their "whole self" to everything they do.
This year's event will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at the beautiful McNamara Alumni Center located on the University of Minnesota campus (200 Oak St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455)
As a passionate human rights advocate, Judy Shepard encourages audiences to fight for inclusion, social justice and equity for the LGBTQ communities. She draws from personal tragedy to promote a greater understanding of LGBTQ issues and empower audiences to embracehuman dignity and diversity through outreach and advocacy in their own communities.
In 1998, Judy lost her son Matthew to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate that shocked and captivated the nation. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, this leading voice in the LGBTQ rights movement has since established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to carry on her son’s legacy. Later, she spearheaded The Matthew Shepard Act, which expanded the federal hate-crime law to include crimes based on gender and sexual orientation.
The author of the best-seller, “The Meaning of Matthew,” Judy offers an intimate look at how her life and the entire fight for equal rights changed when her son was killed. With a name now synonymous with activism and equal rights, Judy leaves an indelible imprint with her words, compassion and raw honesty as she urges audiences to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression. (Biography adapted from: kepplerspeakers/judy-shepard)
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