Speaker Bureau

The Matthew Shepard Foundation Speakers Bureau visits schools, universities, colleges, companies, and community groups around the nation to talk about the devastating impact hate has on communities. With varied backgrounds and professional credentials, our speakers bring an invaluable experience to the groups they visit. Journalists, authors, activists, and public safety officials each have unique perspectives on Matthew’s legacy and share those in emotional and uplifting ways. Our speakers are committed to the Foundation’s constant work to Erase Hate and work tirelessly to spread that message.

  • Judy Shepard

    About the Program In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Turning tragedy into...

  • Lesléa Newman

    “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard”

  • Susan Burk

    About the Program The play The Laramie Project was created by Tectonic Theatre Company in the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's 1998...

  • Greg Miraglia

    Greg Miraglia is the author of “Coming Out From Behind The Badge” and "American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The...

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With your help we can continue our work to share Matthew's dream of replacing the hate in the world with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

  • Matthew's Place Bloggers

    Young LGBTQ people share their journeys of erasing hate

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  • What Matters and Love is Love

    Love is Love

    By singer/songwriter, Randi Driscoll.
    100% of the proceeds go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation

  • Stop the Hate Campus Program

    Stop the Hate Campus Program

    Stop The Hate supports colleges and universities in preventing and combating hate on campus as well as