The late Matthew Shepard's parents appeared at the DNC last night as part of the highly effective montage of delegates, each filmed in their own states. It felt like my favorite part of a beauty pageant, in which the women briefly and enthusiastically pitch the virtues of their own states or countries, but on top of that was frequently marked by the gravitas that the Shepards brought.
Before Matt's mom, Judy, announced the delegate count, Matt's dad, Dennis, said:
After our son Matthew's death in Wyoming, Joe Biden helped pass legislation to protect LGBTQ Americans from hate crimes. Joe understands more than most our grief over Matt's death, but we see in Joe so much of what made Matt's life special — his commitment to equality, his passion for social justice and his boundless compassion for others.
The Shepards were standing not far from where their son was murdered.