Elton John Concert, Success!

A big thank you to Elton John, his staff, and his fans for a successful concert benefitting the Matthew Shepard Foundation. On Tuesday, April 12th over 5,000 people packed the Wells Fargo Theatre for a nearly three-hour concert featuring Sir Elton John. His solo tour, benefitting the Foundation, is the third of its kind, with a …

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Judy and Dennis Shepard to Tour Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago with Department of State

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is excited to announce that Judy and Dennis Shepard will travel to the Caribbean nations of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in April as part of a fourth partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Judy and Dennis are excited to spread the foundation’s message of “Replacing Hate with Understanding, Compassion …

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Five Years Since Hate Crimes Legislation Introduced

The Matthew Shepard Foundation is proud to remember that five years ago today the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 was introduced in the House of Representatives by John Conyers, Jr.. At a time when our nation is celebrating its diversity, bias crimes are disturbingly prevalent and pose a …

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MSF & GLSEN Release Curriculum Based On “October Mourning,” Book of Poetry About Matthew Shepard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jason Marsden Phone: 303-830-7400 Email: jason@matthewshepard.org NEW YORK, Mar. 18, 2014—GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Lesléa Newman and Candlewick Press are excited to announce the release of new classroom curriculum titled He Continues to Make a Difference: Commemorating the Life of Matthew Shepard. Based …

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Success and Adversity: How We Keep Going

Dear Friend, A few weeks ago the National Basketball Association surprised the Foundation on a quiet Friday evening by announcing it would donate the proceeds of Jason Collins’ jersey sales to the Foundation and our friends at GLSEN. This gift, which will amount to at least $50,000 for each group, is an amazing boost to …

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The (Marriage) Equality State

Late yesterday, four couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit at the state court in Cheyenne, Wyoming seeking equal access to marriage and the associated rights and responsibilities. “I’m so glad to see progress on LGBT rights in my home state, and I trust that our judicial system will work for these couples who only …

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My Time at Rolling Meadows: Audiences, Actors and Attitudes

By Susan Burk, Laramie Project Specialist The Chicagoland suburb of Rolling Meadows was the scene of a production of The Laramie Project at the High School this past weekend. After a rather wild trip that included frozen planes and lost suitcases, I was privileged to join them Friday and Saturday to facilitate post-show discussions with …

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2013 MSF Annual Report

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s 2013 Annual Report is out! What a year it has been. Judy Shepard has spoken around the world, we worked with more than 50 productions of The Laramie Project and MatthewsPlace.com saw a redesign with added features. All that and much more is inside! Read it today!

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Artwork from BART Lost and Found sent to MSF

Hundreds of stray items can come into the BART Lost and Found office every day, and workers diligently try to reunite them with their owners. The typical process involves tagging the item with the relevant information on when it was found, where, and by whom. Somehow, though, early this year, a piece showed up that would …

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Make Justice a Reality

Today we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his tireless work for a nation that embraces freedom and justice for African Americans. This work remains unfinished today as Dr. King’s words from the March on Washington ring true more than 50 years later. As Dr. King declared, “Now is the time …

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