Matthew Shepard’s parents are in Southeast Wisconsin showing support behind the non-profit in Milwaukee, “Courage MKE.”
The organization is starting the first group home for LGBT homeless teens in Wisconsin.
The shelter is expected to open in February in on S. 6th Street in Walker’s Point.
Two men are serving life sentences for brutally murdering Matthew Shepard in 1998. He was a 21-year-old openly gay student at the University of Wyoming. This month marks twenty years since the murder.
“In 1998 he was taken out on a prairie and beat to death with the butt of a 357 pistol by two men because he was gay,” said Dennis, Matthew’s father.
“He was just a kind, sweet young man who absolutely did not deserve what happened to him just because of who he was,” said Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard.
Judy shared how proud she is to see what Courage MKE is doing in Milwaukee. She knows her son would’ve been too.
“The community needs to have a project like this,” she said.
“I think he (Matthew) would be very happy and proud of the two men who are taking it on in Milwaukee and proud of everybody who has devoted their lives to this movement.”