Thoughts from MSF on 9/11

The coffee was brewing, the bagels were fresh, and the conference room on the 28th Floor of the New York FBI Office was surprisingly neat. I was ready to host the quarterly meeting of the New York Hate Crimes Working Group. It was about 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001. About twenty minutes later, I …

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Is Charlottesville a Hate Crime?

This weekend was incredibly heartbreaking. The shocking and violent display of white supremacy in Charlottesville, VA is not representative of the Commonwealth or the country that I know and love. Marching with weapons and torches is not brave; it is a cowardly show of fear and not at all what Americans stand for. This is …

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Trump’s Trans Military Ban

You must be as outraged as we are. This morning, President Trump tweeted that transgender people will no longer be allowed to continue to serve, or be accepted into the military. He went on to write: “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs …

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Hate Crimes, a Fever Pitch

Hate crimes in Colorado are reaching a fever pitch. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation just released its annual report showing the changes in hate crimes in the state from 2015 to 2016. The numbers are sad, but not surprising. And a few of the trends are downright chilling in their implications for the rest of …

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Dear AG Sessions: Talk Is Cheap

Today, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the opening of a Department of Justice hate crimes summit. I was there, representing the Matthew Shepard Foundation, among dozens of other civil rights leaders and hate crime experts. Our message today in response is simple: actions speak louder than words, and we are listening closely. In …

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MSF’s Communications Manager Reflects on the Pulse Anniversary

Friends of the Foundation: On the first anniversary of the Pulse shooting, I wanted to share why it is that I got involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy again, after leaving to work in tech. On June 12th, my entire life changed. On that fateful night, one of my very best friends from college, Christopher Andrew “Drew” …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sara E. Grossman Tel: 303-830-7400 x10 Email: Date: 5/22/17 MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION LAUNCHES HATE CRIME SURVEY The organization is looking to get stories from the Greater Denver Area DENVER, CO–The Matthew Shepard Foundation is looking to intake reported stories of hate crimes or bias-motivated incidents in the greater Denver area, including …

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Official Statement on Sen. Enzi’s Remarks

Yesterday, it was reported that Senator Enzi (R-WY) made a harmful comment while addressing middle and high school students about protections for LGBTQ+ people: “What work are you and your comrades doing to improve the life of the LGBT community in Wyoming?” the student asked Enzi. “How do you plan to help Wyoming live up …

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On the Atrocities in Chechnya

Can an entire government be accused of a hate crime? From our purview, that is exactly what is happening in Chechnya. Right now, activists and humanitarians all over the world are scrambling to figure out what to do about the Chechen concentration camps persecuting gay men. The atrocities being reported on right now are almost …

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#EraseHate, Not People

MSF Supporters: We have had some really amazing wins lately. The ACA is still in place, keeping some of the most vulnerable members of our communities safe and healthy. The travel ban has been halted, ensuring our Muslim brothers and sisters are not unrightfully discriminated against. And the FBI is finally probing Trump’s associates to …

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