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Judy Shepard And 'The Meaning Of Matthew'

The 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard shocked the nation.

Shepard, 21, was viciously murdered in Laramie, Wyo., where he was a college student. He was targeted because he was gay.

His death and the subsequent trial of his attackers stoked a new debate over gay rights. For many, it revealed the dangers of being gay in America, and for others, it reaffirmed the risk.

More than a decade later, Shepard's mother says there hasn't been nearly enough progress on gay rights.

Judy Shepard tells Neal Conan about her new book, The Meaning of Matthew.

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