On June 14, founder and president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation Judy Shepard joined Randy Berry (U.S. State Department LGBTI Special Envoy), Michele Josue (director of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine) and Jason Marsden (Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation) for an interactive webchat on global LGBTI rights and hate crimes prevention. …
Matthew Shepard FoundationProgress of Pride: Highlights from June’s Interactive LGBTI Rights Webchat
We’re going to briefly but diligently address the absurdity of things such as “Heterosexual Pride Day” trending internationally on Twitter. The general inspiration for the trending topic can be summarized as: “What’s wrong with straight people expressing pride in who they are? If LGBTQ+ people get a day, or month, why shouldn’t we?” It’s the …
Matthew Shepard FoundationTwitter’s “Hetero Pride” Trend Diminishes … Everyone
In the aftermath of tragedy, so many of us are left helpless with too many questions left unanswered. As the LGBTQ+ community and its allies continue to try to make sense of the tragedy at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, claiming 49 innocent lives, the one question we can answer is “How can I …
Matthew Shepard FoundationHow To Stand With Orlando
By Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation We cannot fathom the sheer hatred that would lead someone to shoot down more than a hundred complete strangers gathered in their community’s own safe space to innocently celebrate. Last night’s massacre at an Orlando gay bar is the latest senseless tragedy to befall our …
Matthew Shepard FoundationOrlando gay nightclub shooting: “We must come together to help and to heal”
Last week America witnessed a bold and unprecedented stand for the basic dignity of the trans* community — not only with moving symbolism, but with the promise of increased federal action. On May 9, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch firmly aligned the Department of Justice with equality for transgender Americans: “We see you. We stand with you … And please know that history is on your side.”
Matthew Shepard FoundationU.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch: ‘We Stand with Transgender Americans’
Nicole Maines, a trans activist and 2015 Spirit of Matthew Award recipient, delivered a TEDx Talk titled “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story.” In 2011, Nicole, her twin brother Jonas and their parents, Kelly and Wayne, brought tremendous progress to her school district in Portland, Maine, through activism and ultimately a successful lawsuit with the support of …
Matthew Shepard FoundationListen to trans activist Nicole Maines’ TEDx Talk: “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story”
Victims of hate crimes remain fearful and mistrustful of the criminal justice system. Reporting a hate crime can present more consequences than justice: public outing in a non-accepting environment; re-victimization by law enforcement; discrimination in hospitals, churches and schools. What can be done to help? We literally need to stand by the victims of hate crimes.
Matthew Shepard FoundationHow to be an Advocate for Hate Crimes Victims
As part of its National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Equality Texas released a video showing how the organization is working with hate crimes victims, the Dallas Police Department and other community leaders to address last fall’s spike in hate crimes in the Oak Lawn neighborhood.
Matthew Shepard FoundationNew video highlights Dallas Hate Crimes
The documentary feature film Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine—directed by filmmaker and friend Michele Josue—has been nominated in the “Outstanding Special Class Special” category for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards after airing on Logo TV last July.
Matthew Shepard Foundation‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ Nominated for Daytime Emmy