Born on February 13th, 1944
From New York, New York
In this dramatization of an actual event, young Matthew Shepard (Shane Meier) is mercilessly slain by a pair of men who targeted their victim because of his homosexuality. Capital punishment looming, the killers' fate lies in the hands of Matthew's parents, Judy (Stockard Channing) and Dennis (Sam Waterston). As the grieving couple attempts to make the choice that will best serve Matthew's memory, they recount his rocky adolescence, lifelong struggle for acceptance and personal views on life.
High school student Jane (Ellen Muth) finds herself drawn to a new girl in her class, and quickly discovers that her feelings are sexual in nature. Realizing that she is gay, Jane tries to talk to her parents Janice (Stockard Channing) and Robert (James Naughton), who are horrified by their daughter's revelation. Jane struggles to find love and acceptance, turning for support to her mother's friend Jimmy (RuPaul), the only gay adult she knows well enough to trust.