is an online village designed to provide young people with the resources they need to thrive in this world, make a difference, and gain tools to lead healthy, productive, hate-free lives. It provides a wealth of materials including regular blogs from a dedicated group of young people making a difference in their own communities. Matthew’s Place is a program of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.

Matthew’s Place features interviews with individuals in the LGBT and allied community and an in-depth list of shelters, outreach centers, and empowerment programs that are welcoming of youth regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Shayna Hulbert A Greater Purpose

“As a gender-queer individual I have learned to love myself for me and not how others perceive me. I am sharing my story in hopes to reach out to individuals that feel alone. No one is ever alone and I am always open to questions, comments, and concerns. Never be afraid to embark on a new journey; you never know when you might find a greater purpose.”

Kelsey Morgan How I Roll

I was born with Sacral-Agenesis, which is a spinal disorder. I sometimes need a wheelchair for long distance mobility, thus the very cheesy blog title. I have two awesome moms and two awesome step-moms!

Jake Stallman Jacob’s Safe Place

Jacob Stallman is the youngest member of the Matthew’s Place blogging staff and writes about his personal experiences overcoming homophobia and bullying as well as providing peer advice to young people.

Megan Mottola Living Gay

I’m healing myself from a 7-year battle with anorexia and each and everyday I am learning to love myself for all that I am.

Nick Norton N2

Nick is also a member of Matthew Vines’ nonprofit, the Reformation Project, which seeks to reform Christianity’s stance on homosexuality and gender identity.

Jaime Kruse Sky’s The Limit

With is blog I will share my story, especially my experiences with being a female-to-male (FTM) student and young adult attempting to make it in the grown-up world.

Matthew Shepard