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WATCH: Judy and Dennis Shepard at Logo's Trailblazer Awards

WATCH: Judy and Dennis Shepard at Logo's Trailblazer Awards

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Matthew Shepard's parents give a moving speech about our nation's future.

Last week's Logo Trailblazer Awards were filled with great moments: some fun, some exciting, and some that made us reflect on the difficult journey the LGBT community has had to endure. One such moment was a speech from Judy and Dennis Shepard, parents of Matthew Shepard, who was brutally beaten in 1998 by a group of men, tied to a fence, and left to die, all because he was gay.

Accepting the Trailblazing Parents Honor last Thursday, Mrs. and Mr. Shepard spoke about the importance of loving our children, who truly are "our national treasure." Mr. Shepard also said, "We should be proud of being different."

Watch the touching speech below, and remember that while we've seen a huge victory within the LGBT community, there is still so much work left to be done, and so much pain from the past that must be remembered.

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