Your Letters: Anonymous Hero; Steinbeck's Journeys
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SIMON: Last week we spoke with Judy Shepard about recent suicides of young gay people, including that of Tyler Clementi, a student at Rutgers. Judy Shepard's son Matthew was murdered 12 years ago because he was gay. Mrs. Shepard tries to encourage young gays.
JUDY SHEPARD: You want them to be honest with who they are and about their future, and to recognize that you are who you are and you love who you love, and that's just the way it is.
SIMON: A number of listeners complained that we were wrong to interview Judy Shepard, because it implies that Tyler Clementi was a victim of the same kind of crime that killed Matthew Shepard.
SIMON: From the quotes I read of the actual tweets and posts, this wasn't about intolerance of gays. Of course it doesn't make as good a story if it was just two 18-year-old kids just doing something stupid, and then another student doing something tragic.
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