MSF Partners with Ford’s Theatre for “The Laramie Project” Production in September & October 2013

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault announced the Theatre’s 2013-2014 season will open with a new production of The Laramie Project, 15 years after the killing of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. The play is presented as the cornerstone production for the Ford’s Theatre Society’s Lincoln Legacy Project, a multi-year effort dedicated to sparking …

Matthew Shepard FoundationMSF Partners with Ford’s Theatre for “The Laramie Project” Production in September & October 2013
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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Us

15 years ago, Judy Shepard became more than just the mother of Matthew Shepard, she became the quintessential mother figure for the LGBT equality movement. Her tireless advocacy and nurturing soul have been an inspiration to millions. Since the death of her son catapulted her into the national spotlight, Judy has spoken to countless schools, …

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In-Depth Interview with Judy Shepard

Judy Shepard sat down for an in-depth interview with High School: A Survivor’s Manual.  The hour long documentary covers eating disorders, bullying, depression, prescription drugs and erasing hate with Judy Shepard. The documentary addresses these issues that high school kids face, along with the best ways to deal with them.

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Judy and Dennis Shepard on Out NBA Player Jason Collins Collins’ act wows victim’s parents

by Sam Gardner for Fox Sports In his historic coming-out essay Monday, NBA veteran Jason Collins revealed to Sports Illustrated that he wore the number 98 in 38 games this season while playing for the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards as an unspoken “sign of solidarity” with the gay community. He said he did so as a nod to the Trevor …

Matthew Shepard FoundationJudy and Dennis Shepard on Out NBA Player Jason Collins Collins’ act wows victim’s parents
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LGBT Hate Crimes Down, But Not Out

This week, the FBI released statistics for hate crimes reported in 2012. While there was a small decrease in the number of offenses, there were still 1,318 crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation reported to the FBI by local law enforcement agencies. These numbers represent a 14% decrease in crimes motivated by the victim’s …

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Wyoming Legislative Update

It was a long week for supporters of LGBT rights in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the State Capitol. Three bills were before the Legislature to advance equality in the Equality State. Representative Cathy Conolly (D-Laramie) introduced a domestic partnership bill as well as a marriage equality bill. An anti-discrimination bill that included protections for LGBT citizens …

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A Historic Night for Justice

Last night we received an email from our friends at Mainers United for Marriage. Not 45 minutes after the news networks called the Presidential election for President Obama, we got the wonderful news: loving and committed same sex couples in the great state of Maine would have equal access to marriage. “Tonight,” Matt McTighe, Campaign Manager for Yes …

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Matthew Remembered and Celebrated at 11th Annual Bear to Make a Difference

On Saturday, October 13, the Board of Directors and the staff of the Matthew Shepard Foundation were joined by 500 of our friends and supporters to celebrate the work that we continue to do in Matthew’s memory and to look forward to the year ahead. We wanted to share with you a few highlights from …

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Remembering Matt and His Passion for Human Rights

By Jason Marsden, Executive Director This Friday will mark 14 years since the day we lost Matt Shepard. I know from the conversations I’ve had with many of you that those terrible days in October 1998 echo in your memories: where you were, how it felt, the fears, the outrage and the questions you were …

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Lesléa Newman Reflects on 11 Years of Writing Poems About Matthew Shepard

Writing October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard: An 11-Year Journey By Lesléa Newman for HuffingtonPost.com Writing October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard has been a long journey, one that took me over 11 years and began with a terrible coincidence. My journey began Oct. 12, 1998, the day I flew across the country to give a …

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