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Matthew Shepard

Big honors to be given at the 2018 Nicky Awards

The 43rd annual Nicky Awards will be held on Dec. 16 at The Courtyard Marriott Liberty Station.

It's not only the local LGBT men and women who will be honored at the 43rd annual Nicky Awards this year, but their longtime allies as well.

Mathew Shepard's parents, Judy and Dennis, will be presented the Mayor George Moscone Humanitarian Award by San Diego Mayor Kevin Falconer and First Lady Katharine Falconer. 

Judy and Dennis Shepard to speak at St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego

The Shepards will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral 2728 6th Ave. in The Great Hall on December 16 at 9 am.

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death, and his parents, Judy and Dennis, will be in San Diego speaking about their work and the purpose of the Shepard Foundation.

They will be at St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday, December 16 at 9 am. The public is invited to join them at the Forum Workshop in the Great Hall for a morning of reflection and hope.

Nicole Murray-Ramirez attends Matthew Shepard's interment at Washington National Cathedral

Nicole Murray-Ramirez sat among dignitaries and other public figures as Matthew Shpeard's ashes were interred at the  Gothic National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

This past Friday, Matthew Shepard's remains were interred at the crypt of Washington National Cathedral, City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez was in attendance representing the City of San Diego. 

Shepard was brutally beaten and tortured and left for dead, tied to a fence in Laramie Wyoming 20 years ago this month, he passed away six days later, on Oct. 12, he was 21-years-old. 

Nicole Murray-Ramirez: "Let us never ever forget"

Let us never ever forget that 20 years ago on this day, Matthew Shepard, A young student at the University of Wyoming was beaten, tortured, and left to die

This week marked the 20th commemoration of the torture, lynching and ultimate death of Matthew Shepard. The 21-year-old was tied to a barbed wire fence and left to die on a cold Wyoming night. 

Nicole Murray-Ramirez, Queen Mother I of the Americas, has released a special message on this day of remembrance.

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

The anointing of Matthew Shepard as an iconic image for LGBTQ rights not only concealed from the American public the real person but also it hid the other varied faces of hate crimes in 1998. 

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them. 

San Diego Remembers moves forward with plans for #SpiritDay 2015

On Oct. 15, 2015, SDR invites the community to don their purple attire and meet at the John Wear plaque for a time of refection, to celebrate those memories at a Spirit Day Parade immediately after, and finish at a resource reception, where you can find out how to activate your activism in one of San Diego’s LGBTQ social justice efforts.

COMMENTARY: From Matthew Shepard to Trayvon Martin, bigotry knows no boundaries

As a matter-of-fact, the bombardment of stereotypes has proven to have both subtle and unintended consequences toward people of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, class and religions, to name just a few. It’s not just regular people who succumb.