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Alma mater  University of Wyoming
Spouse  Judy Shepard (m. 1973)
Religion  Episcopalian
Education  University of Wyoming
Name  Dennis Shepard
Awards  GLAAD Media Vision Award
Role  Matthew Shepard's father

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Occupation  Oil industry safety engineer
Residence  Casper, Wyoming, United States
Children  Matthew Shepard, Logan Shepard
Similar People  Matthew Shepard, Judy Shepard, Tim Kirkman

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Dennis Shepard is the father of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at University of Wyoming who was murdered in October 1998 in what became one of the most high-profiled cases highlighting hate-crimes against LGBT people. He and his wife, Judy Shepard, are co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and advocates for LGBT rights. He has been an advocate for parental support of LGBT children both during Matthew's life and, very publicly, since Matthew's death. He and Judy continue to live and work in Casper.

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Personal life

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Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Shepard earned a degree in education from the University of Wyoming before marrying Judy in 1973 and moving to Casper, Wyoming in 1976. While they have also resided in Saudi Arabia, they have since returned to Casper, where they currently work and reside. Dennis is the father of two sons, Matthew Wayne Shepard (1976–1998) and Logan Shepard (born 1981).

Career

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Shepard was an oil industry safety engineer, Dennis worked for more than 16 years in safety operations for Saudi Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, before retiring from that position in 2009.

Advocacy

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He has served on the Matthew Shepard Foundation board of directors since the organization’s inception and currently speaks to audiences around the country, particularly to victims’ advocacy organizations and law enforcement audiences about his experiences and the importance of equal treatment of LGBT crime victims and their loved ones. On March 20, 2007, the Matthew Shepard Act (H.R. 1592), a bill which would expand federal hate-crimes legislation to include sexual orientation, was introduced as federal bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress, sponsored by Democrat John Conyers with 171 co-sponsors. Dennis and his wife, Judy, were present at the introduction ceremony. That bill did not pass however, after then-President George W. Bush threatened to veto the bill if it passed. On October 22, 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and on October 28, 2009, President Obama signed the legislation into law.

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