Amazon Worker’s Conviction for Punching Gay Co-Worker Upheld

By Bernie Pazanowski and Paige Smith, Bloomberg Law The federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act conviction of an Amazon employee who expressed his hatred for homosexual individuals by punching a gay co-worker was upheld by the Fourth Circuit June 13. Congress adopted the Hate Crimes Act under its commerce clause authority. But James Hill argued that …

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Congress Introduces Bill to Outlaw Gay/Trans Panic Defense

Washington DC – The Matthew Shepard Foundation is proud to announce the introduction of the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019. Today, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) introduced bills in the United States’ Senate and House of Representatives that would do away with the use of the …

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New Hampshire Hate Crimes Training Brings Hope and Change

“For the impact you make today has a powerful rippling effect on every tomorrow.” – Anonymous Traveling the country leading hate crime trainings for police and prosecutors, Cynthia Deitle has heard from all the skeptics. “Laws are already in place for crimes, so it’s a waste of time and resources to add an extra charge for …

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Statement on McCormick Jr. High School Incidents

Judy and Dennis Shepard, co-founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, issued the following statement today in response to ongoing events at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming: “We have been heartsick for everyone at McCormick and in the Cheyenne community since we first heard that a group of students posted blatantly racist and homophobic …

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NOW HIRING: Communications Officer

Whom We’re Looking For The Matthew Shepard Foundation (MSF), an LGBTQ+ oriented national civil rights organization based in Denver, is looking for an experienced, creative, well-connected communication professional as our next Communications Officer. You’ll be putting your strong passion for civil rights and social change to work for an organization that seeks to “Replace Hate …

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The Missing Voices from Trump’s SOTU

On Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address to Congress. While the President made tributes to many people who have sacrificed so much for their country, he inexplicably left out many who are continually harmed by his administration’s policies. As President Trump honored those who were taken from their families …

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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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