Matthew Shepard Memorial Reading



Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

Kelly Writers House Class of 1942 Garden 

This location is ADA accessible

On October 12th, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college freshman died after having been attacked and tortured six days previous near Laramie, WY. His death catalyzed national conversations about anti-queer hate crimes, which led to the 2009 passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. 


We will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the loss of Matthew Shepard with readings by Penn students, faculty, and staff of poems and essays written as a memorial to Shepard.


This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served. 

Sponsored by
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, the LGBT Center, and Kelly Writers House
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