An Editor’s Note for our 17th Anniversary

By Sean McEntee, Communications Associate Dear Supporters and Readers, The month of October is somber for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. On the morning of Oct. 7, 1998, Matthew was found brutally beaten and tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, and would later succumb to his wounds. During this week in 1998, a family experienced …

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Shepards Speak to FBI in Clarksburg, WV Coinciding Release of 2014 Crime Stats

Violence against the LGBTQ+ community didn’t begin or end with Matthew Shepard. In fact, in huge portions of America, properly identifying, reporting and prosecuting these heinous crimes hasn’t even begun — despite the 2009 passage of the Shepard-Byrd Act. Matthew’s story, and the Foundation’s work to Erase Hate, are—unfortunately—still critical in coming to terms with the roots of violence against our community.

On September 28, Judy and Dennis Shepard, along with Dave O’Malley, the lead investigator into Matthew’s murder in Laramie, Wyo. in 1998 and now sheriff of Albany County, Wyoming, joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) to urge better hate crimes reporting and to spotlight the distressing lack of basic information about this epidemic of violence.

Matthew Shepard FoundationShepards Speak to FBI in Clarksburg, WV Coinciding Release of 2014 Crime Stats
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Combating Hate and Bullying in Lexington

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was privileged to have the opportunity for Judy and Dennis Shepard to discuss issues of bullying and hate crimes with students, administrators and government officials in Lexington, Kentucky on August 27. After the recent ruling for nationwide marriage equality by the Supreme Court this past June, the Foundation and others advocating for …

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MSF joins campaign to add LGBT-inclusive options to Common App

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is proud to be one of 25 advocacy organizations to sign a national letter to the Common Application requesting the addition of optional demographic questions related to gender identity and sexual orientation to its standard form. As more and more LGBT youth are living openly as who they are at younger …

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Break the Silence: Sexual Assault and the SART Solution

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The SANE-SART Resource Service, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is setting out to create a culture in which victims of sexual assault can “break the silence” and are unafraid to report rape, confident of receiving caring treatment and encouraged to seek justice. In our culture’s current state, more than half of sexual assault victims do not …

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Read our 2015 Spring Newsletter

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation stayed busy this spring—from California, to Wyoming, to Iowa, Judy and Dennis Shepard and the Foundation staff have spent the season expanding outreach efforts to Erase Hate and engage with communities and youth across the country. Read all about the Foundation’s recent work in its 2015 spring newsletter.

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The Art of Response and Addressing Hate

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In our mission to Erase Hate, the Matthew Shepard Foundation is often confronted with the simple, yet loaded question of “How?” When we hear and witness words and actions fueled by intolerance and hate, how do we respond? What is the appropriate way to react to someone who, knowingly or otherwise, is hurting and demeaning …

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To the Denver School of the Arts, We Thank You

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Since last November, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has been fortunate to have the opportunity to dive in behind the scenes of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later with the cast and crew at the Denver School of the Arts (DSA). After the final curtain closing on The Laramie Project: Ten Years …

Matthew Shepard FoundationTo the Denver School of the Arts, We Thank You
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