2013 Hate Crimes Report Released

This week the FBI released its much-anticipated annual report on hate crimes committed in 2013, and as with past reports, the news is mixed. To start, it’s clear that hate crimes of every sort—and racial, religious and anti-gay hate crimes in particular—continued for another year at a depressingly steady level throughout the country. On at …

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October 6th: One Date, Two Stories

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On the evening of Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was abducted and attacked in Laramie, WY because he was gay. Today, on the 16th anniversary of that terrible event, the Supreme Court denied appeals seeking to block the rights of loving, committed same-sex couples – and once again October 6th is a pivotal day in …

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Stephen Fry to be Honored by MSF

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As the Foundation passes our 15th anniversary, we owe it to the movement for LGBT equality to lift up and honor those who have committed themselves to securing justice for our community. We are excited to introduce the Matthew Shepard Foundation Honors, the new iteration of Bear to Make a Difference. Judy and Dennis care …

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MSF Announces New Award for The Honors 2014

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This year, the Matthew Shepard Foundation is pleased to introduce the Dennis Dougherty Award for Community Leadership in memory of a loving, generous and inspiring member of the MSF family. The award will be presented at  The Matthew Shepard Foundation Honors on October 11 in Denver, CO. Dennis was a friend, mentor, philanthropist and visionary who was instrumental …

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Judy Shepard, MSF React to President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination

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Following today’s actions by President Obama, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Judy Shepard had the following response: “Today, President Obama has made it clear that nobody should ever fear for their jobs just because of who they are or who they love, Dennis and I are very pleased that the President has signed the executive …

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Civil Rights Act Marks 50 Years

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, marking a watershed moment in our country’s commitment to freedom and justice for all. “This is a proud triumph,” President Johnson said before signing the bill. “Yet those who founded our country knew that freedom would be secure …

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Celebrating Pride a Little Differently

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LGBT Pride month is often characterized by parades and festivals with crowds of people expressing their individuality and celebrating our community. The Seeing Place Theater in New York City will observe Pride a little differently with a production of The Laramie Project. We are proud to have worked closely with them and wish them the …

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Teachers: Here’s Your Chance to Bring Matthew’s Story to Your Classroom

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press are excited to give away a classroom set of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard to a teacher working to make their classroom and school a safe place for LGBT students. Earlier this year we released He Continues to Make …

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“I Am Harvey Milk” Coming to Colorado

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For the 2014 Pride Concert, The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus is proud to perform the Colorado premiere of Andrew Lippa’s acclaimed oratorio, I AM HARVEY MILK. The work will be performed for two nights only – Thursday, June 12, 7:00 PM at the Gates Concert Hall located at the University of Denver, 2344 East Iliff Ave, Denver …

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A Special Mother’s Day Message from Judy Shepard

Dear friends, Today, all across the country families are celebrating Mother’s Day. For many, this is a day filled with love and laughter as we share silly stories of children’s antics and parenting adventures – a moment when we embrace the bonds between mothers and their children. But for me, this day is always bittersweet. …

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