In 1998, Matthew was beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming.
The letters from Bill Clinton, Coretta Scott King and members of the public have been released in conjunction with the LGBT Trailblazer Honors awards where Judy and Dennis will receive the title “Trailblazing Parents”.
In her letter, Coretta Scott King wrote, “Clearly, your Matthew was a fine young man, a kind and open-hearted person who believed in human rights and the dignity of all people…Matthew Shepard will be sorely missed.”
“Trailblazing Honors” will air on June 27th on Logo.
In case you haven’t already, watch a trailer for Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine below: