OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Center for Diversity & Unity presents “Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine,” a film exploring the life and death of gay student Matthew Shepard, April 7 in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater at 12:30, 4 and 6:30 p.m.
The first and last showings will feature the documentary’s director, Michele Josue, who was friends with Shepard before he died.
“Our film and the people in it all bear witness to the simple fact that Matt Shepard was a good person — an amazing person with a bright future who tragically fell victim to the ignorance and hatred that persists in our society,” Josue states on the film’s website.
A reception will be held in the Shepherd Union Fireplace Lounge immediately following the last showing and discussion.
“People need to see this film because we cannot forget that people are still dying because of their sexuality,” said Adrienne Andrews, director of the Center for Diversity & Unity and special assistant to the WSU president for diversity. “They are being bullied and harassed for being who they are, and that is unacceptable. Additionally, there are many younger people who do not know the Matthew Shepard story and who will benefit by finding an accepting campus and community that seeks inclusion and support for all.”
Andrews said WSU is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff.
“We endeavor to provide opportunities to learn about ourselves as well as others through coursework, programs, events and activities to ensure our ability to succeed in a global community,” she said. “This event is one opportunity for us to connect and learn about and from each other.”
For more information about the Center for Diversity & Unity, visit weber.edu/diversity.
For more information about the documentary, visit mattshepardisafriendofmine.com.
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