SIRIUS COMMEMORATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF MATTHEW SHEPARD'S DEATH
Special Live Programming to be Co-Hosted by Shepard's Longtime Friend and Feature Exclusive Interview with His Mother
New York - October 9, 2003 - SIRIUS Satellite Radio will present a live broadcast tribute honoring Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who died on October 12, 1998, a victim of a brutal hate crime. The incident sparked an unprecedented global response to anti-gay violence.
"SIRIUS OutQ Remembers Matthew Shepard," a six-hour special event, will air on Sunday, October 12, at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on SIRIUS OutQ stream 149. OutQ, the nation's only national 24/7 radio service for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community, will air exclusive interviews, interactive discussions; and an exclusive archival broadcast of a national vigil for Shepard. The program will be co-hosted by Romaine Patterson, an OutQ personality and a longtime friend of Shepard's. The tribute will feature:
- An exclusive interview with Judy Shepard, Matthew's mother and the executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.
- Interviews with Matthew Shepard's friends and other residents of Laramie, Wyoming whose lives were forever changed by the magnitude of this crime.
- The exclusive complete broadcast from the National Vigil for Matthew Shepard from 1998, organized by the Human Rights Campaign and held in front of the United States Capitol shortly after Shepard's death, including appearances by members of Congress, GLBT community leaders and high-profile entertainers.
- Calls from SIRIUS OutQ listeners about the impact of Shepard's death on their lives, and an in-depth discussion over whether society is currently dealing with hate crimes any better than it did five years ago.
"As one of Matthew's close friends, I am honored to provide a vehicle for SIRIUS listeners to come together in his memory," said SIRIUS OutQ host Romaine Patterson. "Through the words of his family, friends and members of the community who were affected by the tragedy, we hope to strengthen the fight against anti-gay violence and connect with those who's loved one's have also been wrongfully harmed."
"Five years after Matthew's death, hate crimes still persist and people are being persecuted because of their sexual orientation," said SIRIUS OutQ program director John McMullen. "We are dedicated to making a change and creating a hate-free environment by continuing this very important dialogue through our programming."
This special will rebroadcast immediately following the live program, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET.
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