Then come on up to Drew University!
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No tickets required.
Wednesday, March 4th
7pm - 8:30 pm
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
36 Madison Avenue, Madison New Jersey (07940)
If possible, please RSVP at the Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/inbox/#/event.php?eid=37798124210&ref=ts
or contact me.
Hosted by the Drew University Alliance and Women's Concerns House.
Judy Shepard is the mother of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old gay man who was brutally murdered due to his sexual orientation. Since that time, Judy has led a massive campaign towards ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As of this moment, she is probably one of the best known queer activist of our time, and has spoken for the Human Rights Campaign and Garden State Equality.
After travel expenses, her fee goes to The Matthew Shepard Foundation, an organization that provides resources and support for schools wishing to perform the Laramie Project, fights for the passage of the Matthew Shepard Act (which would add sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and disability to national hate crime laws), and helps support queer and questioning youth.
Drew has seen an increase in hate related activity, especially various forms of harassment in the past year. Judy will be able to bring attention to this problem as well as bolster the support and solidarity between the straight and queer communities.
Speech Topic: The Legacy of Matthew Shepard
Speaking from a mother’s perspective, diversity speaker Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts, and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion, or gender identity and/or expression.
More info at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.drew.edu.