MSF is Hiring: Programs & Operations Director

Programs & Operations Director Whom We’re Looking For The Matthew Shepard Foundation is looking for an experienced programs officer with solid supervisory skills to be our next Programs & Operations Director. You’ll be putting your strong passion for civil rights and social change to work for an organization that seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, …

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Statement on the 2015 FBI Hate Crimes Report

The 2015 FBI report on hate crimes has been released. For almost the entire year, we have heard mounting anecdotal evidence that an unprecedented wave of bias-motivated harassment, intimidation and violence was engulfing America’s Muslim and other South Asian religious minorities. The hard facts revealed today are worse than we dared to fear. A two-thirds …

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Statement on the 2016 Election

As the election results have come in, many of us woke up this morning wondering what the voters’ decisions will mean for LGBTQ+ Americans. The hateful rhetoric used throughout this election cycle is enough to cause concern. We hear you, and we feel you. But let us remember: The last eight years have been a …

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Transcripts from the 2016 Honors Gala Speeches

We could not believe the amount of love and inspiration that filled the room on October 8th for the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s 15th annual Honors Gala. We also know that there are people who could not make it, but we wanted to share some of the inspiration with you. Below, please see four of the speeches …

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Mini Interview with Sean Hayes

One of our honorees at this year’s gala is Sean Hayes. Sean is an award-winning Actor and Producer who got his start in the role as Jack McFarland on the sitcom Will & Grace. An alumnus of Chicago’s famed Second City improvisational comedy group, Hayes began finding TV work in Chicago, notably in the series Silk Stalkings. …

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Mini Interview with Jonathan Capehart

At this year’s Honors Gala, one of our honorees is Jonathan Capehart. Jonathan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a member of The Washington Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is an MSNBC Contributor, regularly seen on “Hardball” and “Morning Joe” and has served as a substitute anchor …

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Meet Sara, MSF’s new Communications Manager

Hi everyone, Sara here. I would like to introduce myself as the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s new Communications Manager. I have spent a lot of time working in politics and LGBTQ+ advocacy since moving to Denver. Some of you may know me from One Colorado, where I was the Communications & Digital Media Coordinator for a …

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Why we support Wade Henderson’s argument against the pursuit of the death penalty

In late August, Wade Henderson, president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, published an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing against the pursuit of the death penalty in the trial of Dylann Roof, the accused killer of nine African American worshipers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in …

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Conspirare’s “Considering Matthew Shepard” now available on CD

Considering Matthew Shepard, a choral music canon created by Grammy award-winning conductor Craig Hella Johnson, is now available to purchase. Visit Conspirare to purchase this classic composition on CD, iTunes, and Amazon. This piece is a musical response to the tragic death of Matthew, who became an American icon and a symbol for hope and …

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DoJ releases new training video: “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community”

The Department of Justice Community Relations Service released a new roll-call training video, “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community,” to provide officers with respectful, relevant and informed approaches for engaging transgender individuals. It features scenarios of three of the most common ways that law enforcement interact with members of the transgender community: traffic stops, hate …

Matthew Shepard FoundationDoJ releases new training video: “Law Enforcement and the Transgender Community”
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