Statement on Jussie Smollett

Friends: By now, you may have heard the news out of Chicago. Early this morning, Empire star Jussie Smollett reported to Chicago Police, he was attacked in a racist and homophobic hate crime while leaving a restaurant. Details are still emerging, but CPD said it received a report that two men in ski masks attacked …

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MSF’s Statement on the Transgender Troops Ban

You must be as outraged as we are. Again. This morning, we learned that Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision, allowed the Trump Administration to continue their policy barring most transgender people from being allowed to serve openly in the nation’s armed forces, even as the policy’s constitutionality has yet to be decided. To our …

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Holiday Message from Judy Shepard

Friends: We simply could not have asked for a more moving and historic year of honoring the passage of 20 years since our son Matt’s murder. From conducting a program in my 50th state (Alaska!), to hosting our most well-attended gala to date, to at last ensuring that Matt has a safe and beautiful final …

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My Friend Matt’s 42nd Birthday

Friends: For twenty years now, the tragedy of my friend Matthew Shepard’s death has continued to change the fabric of my entire life. The day in 1998 when news broke about his kidnapping and beating shocked me into a stark understanding of the hatred that LGBT people like myself faced every day. My life continued …

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#GivingTuesday

Please join us this #GivingTuesday to raise $20,000 to further the mission of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and aid in funding our programmatic work to help the world #EraseHate. Currently, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has a growing list of municipalities waiting for our team to educate their communities and law enforcement on how to properly report hate crimes. …

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FBI’s 2017 Hate Crimes Report Information

Earlier today, the FBI released Hate Crimes data for 2017, and for the third year in a row, these crimes have increased. According to the Department of Justice, hate crimes have risen 17% with a sharp increase in anti-Semitic cases in 2017. However, one increase we are happy to see in this report is that …

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Matthew Shepard to be Interred at Washington National Cathedral

CONTACT Tony Franquiz West End Strategy Team cathedral@westendstrategy.com (202) 776-7700 Matthew Shepard to be Interred at Washington National Cathedral Family of the Wyoming student, who was murdered in anti-gay hate crime in 1998, to inter Shepard at the Cathedral, a place where a safer, kinder world is envisioned  WASHINGTON —Matthew Shepard, who was murdered at 21 years …

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a Letter from Judy Shepard to Gov. Jerry Brown:

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Governor of California State Capitol, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 September 23, 2018 Dear Governor Brown, Twenty years ago this October, my son Matthew was murdered in a vicious anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming. Local law enforcement did a wonderful job investigating the crime and bringing the two …

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Meet Joe Foster, our new Development Director!

Friends of the Matthew Shepard Foundation: I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Joe Foster, and I recently joined the team at the Matthew Shepard Foundation as Development Director. For almost a decade, I have had the pleasure of being part of the LGBTQ+ movement as a fundraiser for organizations …

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Regarding Justice Kennedy’s Retirement:

Like the rest of us in the civil and human rights community, and everyone who loves justice, I am deeply troubled by the very likely prospect of our Supreme Court becoming yet another instrument of the forces in our country that suppress minority voters, excuse anti-LGBTQ bigotry, usurp women’s reproductive freedom, abolish worker protections and …

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