Moving From Tolerance to Acceptance

By: Janie Rosman From: PelhamPatch With determination and conviction, Judy Shepard stood before a packed auditorium to talk about the hate that lead to her son’s death and  the acceptance that could have saved him. “We need more acceptance now,” Shepard remarked. “We need to move away from tolerance and towards acceptance because you don’t …

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Dept. of Education to Host LGBT Youth Summit

The Matthew Shepard Foundation applauds the U.S. Department of Education for committing to the futures of our LGBTQ youth, as well as taking action to prevent bullying within our public schools. “Creating and Maintaining Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBT Youth,” being sponsored by the Department on June 6 and 7, truly embodies the mission …

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MSF Blogger Recognized by Human Rights Campaign

HRC Colorado has announced The 2011 Outstanding Youth Award recepiants, Ace Eckstein and Shea Dietz. The Outstanding Youth Award recognizes the work that a youth has accomplished in working towards goals of social justice. This can happen in a school, community, peer organization, or church environment. Shea Dietz, a Matthew Shepard Foundation blogger, is also active …

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Rachel Maddow: Equality State Lives Up to Its Name

MSNBC news host Rachel Maddow sums up in eight minutes what took Wyoming state legislators and hundreds of LBGT activists and allies the last two months to accomplish by the narrowest of margins: turning back a ban on recognition of same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. Wyoming, like most states, does not allow same-sex couples to …

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Senate Vote on Gay Military Service Honors Nation’s Principles

“Dennis and I and the Matthew Shepard Foundation join millions of Americans in and out of uniform today in applauding the United States Senate. It took truly principled action in finally ending the military’s obsolete and discriminatory ban on gay service members serving their country in the military. “Wearing our country’s uniform and serving its …

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We Must All Protect Youth from Suicide

Our family, and the staff and board at the Matthew Shepard Foundation, are all deeply saddened by the devastating report of at least the fourth gay or gay-perceived teen to commit suicide in this country in the last month. Reports say that Tyler Clementi, 18, leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge near …

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I’m From Casper, Wyoming

“Your voice is your most powerful tool in erasing hate.” It’s been the Foundation’s message for years. Now a team of filmmakers criss-crossing America has made it their mission to collect as many voices as possible, documenting the incredible diversity of America’s LGBT community. “I’m From Driftwood” is the result. The site collects true gay …

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Judy Shepard: Prop 8 Verdict ‘Moves America Closer to Its Ideals’

DENVER, Colo. — A sweeping federal court verdict invalidating California’s ban on same-sex marriages “moves America closer to its ideals of respecting individual freedom and treating all citizens equally under the law,” Matthew Shepard Foundation board president Judy Shepard said Wednesday. Shepard, the mother of 1998 Wyoming anti-gay hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, serves on …

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Shepards to address Tel Aviv LGBT conference

At the invitation of the National Israeli LGBT Task Force, Judy and Dennis Shepard will visit Tel Aviv from July 31 to August 2 to speak at a conference marking the launch of The Nir Katz Center for Violence, Discrimination and Homophobia Reports. Judy Shepard will participate as a keynote speaker at the official annual …

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FBI Reports Rise in Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes

Annual statistics for 2008 collected by local law enforcement agencies nationwide show an 11 percent increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, according to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While the overall number of hate crimes of any kind grew by about 2 percent from 2007 to 2008, the 11 …

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