Witness

Honoring LGBT Youth

It’s been 15 years since the death of Matthew Shepard
Friday, October 4 and Sunday, October 6, 2013

To mark the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death after a brutal hate crime, Washington National Cathedral hosted a weekend of events to honor and remember lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) youth who have suffered hate-inspired bullying, discrimination, and violence.

We were pleased to sponsor these events with the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Tyler Clementi Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, the Trevor Project, and PFLAG. Also made posible with generous support from Michael E. Hill and Dr. Michael T. McMahon.


October 4, 2013 7:30 PM

Coast-to-Coast World Premiere Film Screening: Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine

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East Coast Premiere! Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine explores the life of Matthew Shepard framed through a personal lens. Director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt, travels to pivotal locations in his life, interviewing friends and family members and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard. The screening includes an introduction by the director and remarks from Matthew’s parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard. Learn more »

October 6, 2013 10:10 AM

Honoring LGBT Youth

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Cathedral Dean Gary Hall, a leading advocate for LGBT equality, welcomed guest panelists Judy Shepard, Jane Clementi, Joshua Deese for a discussion about Matthew Shepard and Tyler Clementi’s legacies and how people of faith can stand with LGBT youth. Learn more »

October 6, 2013 11:15 AM

Holy Eucharist

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A special service of Holy Eucharist included prayers for LGBT youth and a sermon from Cathedral Dean Gary Hall. Other participants included leading transgender advocate Allyson Robinson and Tony Keith. Learn more »

October 10, 2013 7:30 PM

Faith Night performance of “The Laramie Project” at Ford’s Theatre

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Ford’s Theatre is offering $12 tickets to its Faith Night performance of “The Laramie Project” on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Cathedral Dean Gary Hall will be the featured post-performance speaker. Learn more »

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.