>• Eleven years after Matthew Shepard was killed for being gay, his mom, Judy, looks back in a memoir.

WHY WRITE THE BOOK? I wanted people to know Matt had a life before he was found tied to that fence. I wanted to make him real.

HOW ARE YOU COPING? We’re no longer trapped in that amber of grief. I speak to raise awareness about the gay community.

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH SOCIETY’S PROGRESS? Acceptance of gays is stronger. Legally, we’re stuck, but we’ll get there.

DO YOU WISH MATTHEW HAD BEEN BORN LATER? I believe that things happen when they’re supposed to. Maybe he would have been a different Matt if he’d been born 10 years later. I wouldn’t want that.

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