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Bookstore Owners: Cancel the Book Signing with LGBT Hate Crime Denier, Stephen Jiminez
  • Petitioned Bradley Graham

This petition was delivered to:

Politics & Prose Bookstore
Bradley Graham
Old Firehouse Books
Kelsey Myers
Tattered Cover Bookstore
Matthew Miller
Auntie's Bookstore
Melissa Opel
Carmichael's Books
Carol Bess
Sarasota 1 Bookstore
Book Soup, West Hollywood
Book Cellar, Chicago
Powell's Books, Portland, OR
Serra Toney
Iowa City Book Festival

Bookstore Owners: Cancel the Book Signing with LGBT Hate Crime Denier, Stephen Jiminez

    1. Petition by

      J M

      Washington, DC

On the eve of the 15th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder, DC's Politics & Prose bookstore is hosting Stephen Jiminez, the author of "The Book of Matt."

Throughout the Fall, several other bookstores around the country are also hosting Jiminez.

Jiminez claims that Matthew and his murderer Aaron McKinney were lovers and meth dealers. Despite the lack of any factual evidence to back up his claims, Jiminez is still touring the country on the gruesome anniversary to sell his innuendo and lie-filled book.

Politics & Prose believes every author, despite the bigotry and lies they are spreading, should have a platform at their store. 

The book has been thoroughly debunked by Media Matters: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/10/02/debunking-stephen-jimenezs-effort-to-de-gay-mat/196229

You can also read more about it here: http://talkaboutequality.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/author-unveils-anti-gay-matthew-shepard-truther-book-on-15th-anniversary-of-his-murder/

Recent signatures


    1. Over 1,000 Signatures!!

      J M
      by J M
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your support. We've reached over 1,000 signers and managed to get the notice of Publishers Weekly.

      None of the bookstores hosting Jiminez have canceled appearances, but hopefully the 1,000+ signers of this petition will let their local bookstores know that unless a book is labeled fiction, you expect it to be the truth.

      It's sad to me that a dying industry I turned to so frequently as a student is engaging in giving platforms to snake oil salesmen to get people to walk in the door. For me, I'll be ordering my books off Amazon instead of ever walking into Politics & Prose from now on and I hope you'll do the same.

      Thank you again for your support,


    2. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • A.R Smith FAIR OAKS, CA
      • 6 months ago

      Matthew Shepard suffered a horrific death, don't drag his name in the mud!

    • Patricia Berg MEXICO, MO
      • 7 months ago

      So much hate in the world is weighing us down while people who love one another want to allow people of all sorts to love each other despite hate.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      The engine of my entire action is justice. Anything else would be a missed life for me. (Alice Schwarzer)

    • Wilfred Choi HONG KONG, HONG KONG
      • 8 months ago

      Equality for all human beings

    • Adam Fox TUPELO, MS
      • 9 months ago

      the author of this book is just wanting to spread dirty rumors about Matthew Shepard....The guys that murdered him did it cold-hearted hate....


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