Erie, IL School Board Bans Pro-LGBT Families Book

A few weeks ago the Erie, Illinois school board banned The Family Book, by Todd Parr, a children’s book about different families and how they are all centered on loving their children. The President of the School Board doesn’t think that the book is appropriate for students in his school district and lead the charge …

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Notre Dame High School in NJ Cancels The Laramie Project

Susan Burk reflects on the lessons to be drawn from the Notre Dame High School controversy and continuing tragedies facing LGBT youth: First And Last Just about a month ago, my inbox started to fill up. The emails were about a Catholic high school in New Jersey that had cancelled its upcoming production of “The …

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Missouri School Settles Foundation Lawsuit, Quits Censoring LGBT Sites

A central Missouri public school system has agreed to stop filtering out resource sites for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students on computers in the library and elsewhere in the schools, settling a federal lawsuit that a student, the Foundation and three other LGBT advocacy groups filed last year. The settlement by the Camdenton R-III …

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Film on LGBT Discrimination in Schools

Shea Dietz, one of our youth bloggers for MatthewsPlace.com, is an activist and film maker. Breaking the Silence is his feature-length documentary exploring the issue of LGBT discrimination in schools. The story delves into why discrimination happens, the lack of support and outreach in some environments and the significant impact one voice can have. Shea …

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Judy Shepard to Speak at the United Nations

Matthew Shepard Foundation co-founder and Board President will be part of a panel discussion at the United Nations Entitled “Standing Up to Homophobic Bullying: ending violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” The event will start at 1:15PM on Thursday, December 8 and the location has yet to be announced. More information …

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‘Stand Up’ with Ben Cohen on November 9th at CISCO, San Jose

“Every person on this planet has a right to be true to themselves, to love and be loved, and to be happy. I encourage others to stand up with me and make a difference,” says Ben Cohen of Stand Up Foundation. The Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation, Inc. is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising …

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National Book Award mix-up spurs $5,000 gift to MSF

Rising above personal disappointment amid a swirl of media coverage, young-adult author Lauren Myracle has secured a special $5,000 grant to the Matthew Shepard Foundation to support its pro-diversity educational programs. Myracle, a Fort Collins-based author of several young-adult titles, was named a finalist for the National Book Award, a prestigious honor in the publishing …

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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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