“You Are Safe Now”: Matthew Shepard Laid to Rest at National Cathedral

NPR’s Tom Gjelten and Amita Kelly report, “Matthew Shepard, the young gay man brutally killed on a chilly night in Wyoming 20 years ago this month, was finally laid to rest at Washington National Cathedral on Friday. A reflective, music-filled service offered stark contrast to the anti-gay protests that marred his funeral two decades ago.” Shepard’s family requested that his ashes be buried at the cathedral because they were worried about grave desecration. The Rev. Gene Robinson, who was vilified after becoming the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church more than 10 years ago, helped lead the service. He said, addressing LGBTQ attendees, “Many of you have been hurt by your own religious communities, and I want to welcome you back.”

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