Capital Pride has announced that Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents of Matthew Shepard, will serve as this year’s Capital Pride Parade grand marshals.
“We could not be more proud to serve as grand marshals and to march alongside Marriott and our friends from Casa Ruby,” the Shepards said in a press release. “For the past two decades we have tried to create a legacy not only for our son, but for all those without a voice who experience hate and discrimination, especially those individuals more marginalized in our community yet more impacted by hate violence.
Since their son Matthew was murdered in 1998 for being gay, the Shepards have become advocates for LGBT rights.
“We are so honored to have Judy and Dennis participate as the Capital Pride Parade grand marshals,” Ryan Bos, Executive Director of Capital Pride Alliance added. “Given these divisive and challenging political times, their work on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to hate crimes prevention, education and their tireless efforts to address the epidemic of violence in our communities is more important than ever. ”
The parade kicks off on Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. throughout the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods.