Kantors Nuptials benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Thanks to gracious supporters Steven and Angie, their efforts and their nuptials raised over $6,000 for the Foundation. At their wedding on November 28th, 2015, they chose three charities close to their hearts and the Matthew Shepard Foundation was at the top of their list. Angie and Steven said, “We are so grateful and honored to give back to such an amazing organization that brought our two worlds together!”

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Shifting American Identity sparks new digital news platform #EmergingUS

The stories journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will capture with #EmergingUS is vital to our nation’s progress. Already in this election year we’ve heard endless rants of bigotry, ignorance and hatred toward immigrants from all corners of the world; of different cultures, religions and identities. We cannot afford to let ignorance and hate drown out the voices of America’s immigrants. We cannot endure continued systematic oppression.

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Create an ‘Erase Hate’ campaign to support the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Do you have an upcoming wedding or commitment ceremony, anniversary, birthday, graduation party, or other milestone? Transform your event into a pledge of support for the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s longstanding mission to Erase Hate by starting a personal fundraising campaign.

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New Tribute to Matthew deemed ‘An American Classic’

By Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation One of the most remarkable elements of Matt Shepard’s continuing legacy is the powerful inspiration his life and death have provided to artists of every genre. He has motivated painters, poets, sculptors, authors, librettists, playwrights and pop stars. His story has been adapted and re-adapted, …

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‘Not Enough Time’ for Hate Crimes Law in Indiana

The Indiana Senate passed legislation that would create the state’s first hate crimes law to address bias crimes against “perceived or actual race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry or sexual orientation.” Indiana is just one of five states that doesn’t currently have a hate crimes law. Many observers see this bill, …

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The Most Common Myths about Hate Crimes Laws

Across the country, legislators are making attempts to pass state hate crime statutes that would include crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity. In a January op-ed for the Washington Post, Judy and Dennis Shepard stated that there “simply shouldn’t be political controversy about acknowledging that violence is happening against certain people,” and that hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people are the most common second only to racial bias. Yet, these state-level laws continue to face dangerous opposition based in fear and misinformation. Here are some of the most common myths used to argue against hate crime laws, and the truth you can use to debunk them.

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Judy & Dennis Shepard: Your Words Give Us Hope

To our friends and supporters, new and established, In the past month, we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of letters and emails from all of you sending support and encouragement. At the beginning of December, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine—a documentary sharing Matt’s story as told by those who knew and loved …

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NBA Response to Hate Speech sets higher standard

By Dennis Shepard, Co-Founder Not so long ago, the elements of a recent pro basketball player’s actions probably would have generated a few worrisome and negative headlines. “NBAer stalks, hurls anti-gay slurs at ref.” “Pro basketball probe into gay slur drags on into 2nd week.” “Gay NBA ref outs self, cites at-risk youth.” But this …

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Kansas City, KS Citizen-led Coalition Aims to Tackle Issues with Hate Crimes Reporting

In all of 2014, law enforcement agencies in Kansas City, Kansas, reported one hate crime incident. In that incident the victim was targeted because of the offender’s bias against the victim’s race. For a city with a population of nearly 150,000, one reported hate crime is a significantly low and likely inaccurate number. But, sadly, …

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