2. SOUNDBITE (English) Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church:
"We remember before you this day our brother Matthew. And all who have lost their lives to violent acts of hate. We pray that the gifts of all your lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer children may be recognized welcomed and celebrated in the world. And in your church. In your holy name we pray. Amen."
3. Choir singing
4. Cutaways of congregation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church:
"The hate crimes bill, the federal hate crimes bill was passed and it bore not only Matthew's name but that of James Byrd. The African-American in Texas who was chained and dragged behind a pickup truck until one arm and his head were severed from his body. And the reason we need to remember that is that the bigger picture here is what we human beings tend to do, which is to label someone different from ourselves as other. Which is code for not really human. And then you can do anything to them that you like."
6. Cutaways of congregation
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church:
"Violence takes lots of forms. And right now the trans gender community is the target. There are forces about who would erase them from America. Deny them the right they have to define themselves and they need us to stand with them. That's the kind of transformation today makes possible."
8. Choir singing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, The Episcopal Church:
"To Judy and Dennis and Logan and Marlo thank you for your generosity in sharing that with us. This will be the part where I cry. So I have three things I want to say to Matt. Gently rest in this place. You are safe now. Oh yeah. And Matt welcome home. Amen."+++VIDEO CONTINUES, PANS TO SHEPARD'S REMAINS+++
10. Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson and procession carries Matthew Shepard's remains out of cathedral.
The ashes of Matthew Shepard, whose brutal murder in the 1990s became a rallying cry for the gay rights movement, were laid to rest Friday in the Washington National Cathedral.
Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man elected a bishop in The Episcopal Church presided over a public service, he said, "We remember before you this day our brother Matthew. And all who have lost their lives to violent acts of hate."
Shepard's remains have for 20 years been kept by his family in Wyoming, where the 21-year-old college student was killed in 1998.
Shepard's murder at the hands of two roofing workers who, authorities said, targeted him because he was gay, grabbed national headlines.
The gruesome nature of the crime threw a spotlight on the hatred, violence and discrimination endured by LGBTQ individuals and communities in towns and cities across America.
Rev. Robinson said, "Violence takes lots of forms. And right now the transgender community is the target."
Following the public service, the Shepard's family attended a private interment service in the Cathedral crypt.