The 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard
shook the nation. The Wyoming University student was killed by two men who prosecutors say targeted Shepard because he was gay.
Since his death, Matthew's parents Judy and Dennis Shepard have worked hard for LGBT rights. In 2009, Congress passed the "Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Law
" The legislation makes it easier for state and federal authorities to investigate and prosecute alleged hate crimes.