Celebrating Pride a Little Differently

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LGBT Pride month is often characterized by parades and festivals with crowds of people expressing their individuality and celebrating our community. The Seeing Place Theater in New York City will observe Pride a little differently with a production of The Laramie Project. We are proud to have worked closely with them and wish them the …

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Teachers: Here’s Your Chance to Bring Matthew’s Story to Your Classroom

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press are excited to give away a classroom set of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard to a teacher working to make their classroom and school a safe place for LGBT students. Earlier this year we released He Continues to Make …

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“I Am Harvey Milk” Coming to Colorado

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For the 2014 Pride Concert, The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to perform the Colorado premiere of Andrew Lippa’s acclaimed oratorio, I AM HARVEY MILK. The work will be performed for two nights only – Thursday, June 12, 7:00 PM at the Gates Concert Hall located at the University of Denver, 2344 East Iliff Ave, Denver …

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A Special Mother’s Day Message from Judy Shepard

Dear friends, Today, all across the country families are celebrating Mother’s Day. For many, this is a day filled with love and laughter as we share silly stories of children’s antics and parenting adventures – a moment when we embrace the bonds between mothers and their children. But for me, this day is always bittersweet. …

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The Mothers We All Have

When it comes to amazing, supportive mothers, Betty DeGeneres is near the top of the list. As Ellen’s coming out caused a media uproar, Betty stepped up, publicly affirming her love for her daughter. Over the many years since, Betty has become a mother figure to the LGBT community and a role model for all …

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MSF Joins FBI Director in Call for More Hate Crime Reporting

Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey yesterday called for an increase in reporting of hate crimes by local jurisdictions. We are glad to see that his office, the FBI and the Department of Justice are taking this matter seriously. “[W]e need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime to fully …

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The Footprints We Leave

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Dear Friends, Growing up secretly gay in Wyoming in the 1980s, I assumed I’d never get married. And I certainly never thought I’d be squeezing it in between a Thursday morning budget meeting at work, and grilling burgers for old friends crashing with us on a cross-country road trip. A marriage is an event – …

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Elton John Concert, Success!

A big thank you to Elton John, his staff, and his fans for a successful concert benefitting the Matthew Shepard Foundation. On Tuesday, April 12th over 5,000 people packed the Wells Fargo Theatre for a nearly three-hour concert featuring Sir Elton John. His solo tour, benefitting the Foundation, is the third of its kind, with a …

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Judy and Dennis Shepard to Tour Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago with Department of State

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is excited to announce that Judy and Dennis Shepard will travel to the Caribbean nations of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in April as part of a fourth partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Judy and Dennis are excited to spread the foundation’s message of “Replacing Hate with Understanding, Compassion …

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Five Years Since Hate Crimes Legislation Introduced

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is proud to remember that five years ago today the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 was introduced in the House of Representatives by John Conyers, Jr.. At a time when our nation is celebrating its diversity, bias crimes are disturbingly prevalent and pose a …

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