The documentary feature film Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine—directed by filmmaker and friend Michele Josue—has been nominated in the “Outstanding Special Class Special” category for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards after airing on Logo TV last July.
On April 7, Dennis Shepard joined students and faculty at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, to present at the 20th Annual Shepard Symposium for Social Justice.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation is accepting nominations and applications for this year’s Spirit of Matthew Award to be presented at our 15th Annual Honors Gala on October 8 in Denver, Colorado.
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!”
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.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation has joined CampusPride and more than 80 other LGBTQ+, religious, sports and youth groups in urging the National College Athletic Association to “divest from all religious based campuses who have requested discriminatory Title IX waivers toward LGBTQ youth.”
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.
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,…
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,…
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.