Candlelight Vigil Honoring Matthew Shepard and National Coming Out Day

Washington, DC

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We have moved this event because of the rain forecast to First Congregational United Church of Christ (945 G St. NW, corner of 10th and G Streets).

Please Join Us! On October 11, 2013, Ford’s Theatre will host a candlelight vigil in honor of Matthew Shepard and National Coming Out Day. This vigil will take place despite the government shutdown.

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student living in Laramie, Wyoming, was abducted, tied to a fence, beaten and left to die on the outskirts of town by two assailants. He died shortly after midnight on October 12, 1998, with his family by his side. His murder claimed national and international attention and has become one of the most widely known anti-gay hate crimes in American history.

This fall, Ford's Theatre presents a series of events marking the 15 years since Matthew's death, the activism that followed, and the ongoing struggle against hate in all forms.

On October 11, following a performance of The Laramie Project, Ford’s Theatre will host a candlelight vigil at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Matthew’s father, Dennis Shepard, will make remarks. Rev. Dwayne Johnson of Metropolitan Community Church of Washington will lead an interfaith moment of silence. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, directed by Dr. Thea Kano, will sing.

Learn more about National Coming Out Day. Read about transportation/parking options.

The vigil is free to the public. Please register so we know how many to expect.

Photo by Scott Suchman.