Dear AG Sessions: Talk Is Cheap

Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the opening of a Department of Justice hate crimes summit. I was there, representing the Matthew Shepard Foundation, among dozens of other civil rights leaders and hate crime experts. Our message today in response is simple: actions speak louder than words, and we are listening closely. In …

Matthew Shepard FoundationDear AG Sessions: Talk Is Cheap
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MSF’s Communications Manager Reflects on the Pulse Anniversary

Friends of the Foundation: On the first anniversary of the Pulse shooting, I wanted to share why it is that I got involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy again, after leaving to work in tech. On June 12th, my entire life changed. On that fateful night, one of my very best friends from college, Christopher Andrew “Drew” …

Matthew Shepard FoundationMSF’s Communications Manager Reflects on the Pulse Anniversary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara E. Grossman Tel: 303-830-7400 x10 Email: Date: 5/22/17 MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION LAUNCHES HATE CRIME SURVEY The organization is looking to get stories from the Greater Denver Area DENVER, CO–The Matthew Shepard Foundation is looking to intake reported stories of hate crimes or bias-motivated incidents in the greater Denver area, including …

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Official Statement on Sen. Enzi’s Remarks

Yesterday, it was reported that Senator Enzi (R-WY) made a harmful comment while addressing middle and high school students about protections for LGBTQ+ people: “What work are you and your comrades doing to improve the life of the LGBT community in Wyoming?” the student asked Enzi. “How do you plan to help Wyoming live up …

Matthew Shepard FoundationOfficial Statement on Sen. Enzi’s Remarks
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On the Atrocities in Chechnya

Can an entire government be accused of a hate crime? From our purview, that is exactly what is happening in Chechnya. Right now, activists and humanitarians all over the world are scrambling to figure out what to do about the Chechen concentration camps persecuting gay men. The atrocities being reported on right now are almost …

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#EraseHate, Not People

MSF Supporters: We have had some really amazing wins lately. The ACA is still in place, keeping some of the most vulnerable members of our communities safe and healthy. The travel ban has been halted, ensuring our Muslim brothers and sisters are not unrightfully discriminated against. And the FBI is finally probing Trump’s associates to …

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Why We Need Federal Protections for LGBT Students

In our last blog post, we talked about the dangers of giving states the power to decide whether to protect some of the most vulnerable youth in our population: transgender students. Unfortunately, leaving it up to states gives certain states the option to discriminate, rather than protect. Unfortunately, we know this is true because it’s exactly …

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Statement on Trump’s Transgender “Recommendations”

Absolutely unacceptable. There is no other way to describe what took place in the White House yesterday. The President and his cabinet took immediate action in humiliating, disavowing, and quite frankly putting our transgender students in harm’s way. As it stands, the suicide rate for transgender people is already much higher than of cis-gender people. …

Matthew Shepard FoundationStatement on Trump’s Transgender “Recommendations”
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Say NO to Discrimination

The rumors of a forthcoming anti-LGBTQ executive order are not only troubling, but downright harmful to the entire community. Here in America, we have a separation of church and state for very good reason. It is in place to protect those who differ from the “norm” and have the same basic desires of all Americans: …

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A Note on Inauguration Day

Inauguration day is here. There is a lot of uncertainty as we begin a new chapter in America. The pendulum has swung once again, and it is not necessarily in our favor. But we are determined to keep working towards justice and erasing hate. While we were not prepared to be working under an unfriendly …

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