Panel Discussion: The Struggle for GLBT Rights and Protections

Discussion will focus on the Shepard/Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, civil rights in Massachusetts and across the country, and The Laramie Project’s impact on awareness.

Panelists will include local activist Katherine Patrick (daughter of Governor Deval Patrick), leaders of local human rights organizations (American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Anti-Defamation League, and Human Rights Campaign), along with Greg Reiner from Tectonic Theater Project,  Thomas Howard Jr. of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and Matt Nosanchuk, Senior Counselor, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and a leader in the DOJ’s efforts to educate law enforcement and citizens on the provisions of the Shepard/Byrd Act.

Admission is free, but registration required.

To register, please visit the Laramie Residency page at and click on the “Extras” tab.



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