By Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation We cannot fathom the sheer hatred that would lead someone to shoot down more than a hundred complete strangers gathered in their community’s own safe space to innocently celebrate. Last night’s massacre at an Orlando gay bar is the latest senseless tragedy to befall our…
Last week America witnessed a bold and unprecedented stand for the basic dignity of the trans* community — not only with moving symbolism, but with the promise of increased federal action. On May 9, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch firmly aligned the Department of Justice with equality for transgender Americans: “We see you. We stand with you … And please know that history is on your side.”
Nicole Maines, a trans activist and 2015 Spirit of Matthew Award recipient, delivered a TEDx Talk titled “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story.” In 2011, Nicole, her twin brother Jonas and their parents, Kelly and Wayne, brought tremendous progress to her school district in Portland, Maine, through activism and ultimately a successful lawsuit with the support of…
Victims of hate crimes remain fearful and mistrustful of the criminal justice system. Reporting a hate crime can present more consequences than justice: public outing in a non-accepting environment; re-victimization by law enforcement; discrimination in hospitals, churches and schools. What can be done to help? We literally need to stand by the victims of hate crimes.
On April 9, Judy Shepard joined the New England Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) in Boston to deliver the keynote address at the organization’s 25th anniversary celebration.
As part of its National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Equality Texas released a video showing how the organization is working with hate crimes victims, the Dallas Police Department and other community leaders to address last fall’s spike in hate crimes in the Oak Lawn neighborhood.
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!”