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The Gift of Anger by Judy Shepard, Joe Solmonese

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FOREWORD

My son, Matthew Shepard, was murdered in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, simply because of his sexual orientation. He was a caring and selfless young gay man with a bright future. His death brought to the public’s attention the horror of violence based on sexual orientation. I was determined that Matt’s life and death should have a more lasting meaning. Soon after Matt’s death, my husband, Dennis, and I started the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and we have since devoted our lives to ending hate-based violence and passing federal legislation that offers greater protection to LGBTI Americans who find themselves victims of senseless violence.

The process of passing a major piece of legislation was daunting, and the resistance we faced in Congress ...

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