The Mothers We All Have

When it comes to amazing, supportive mothers, Betty DeGeneres is near the top of the list. As Ellen’s coming out caused a media uproar, Betty stepped up, publicly affirming her love for her daughter. Over the many years since, Betty has become a mother figure to the LGBT community and a role model for all …

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MSF Joins FBI Director in Call for More Hate Crime Reporting

Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey yesterday called for an increase in reporting of hate crimes by local jurisdictions. We are glad to see that his office, the FBI and the Department of Justice are taking this matter seriously. “[W]e need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime to fully …

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The Footprints We Leave

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Dear Friends, Growing up secretly gay in Wyoming in the 1980s, I assumed I’d never get married. And I certainly never thought I’d be squeezing it in between a Thursday morning budget meeting at work, and grilling burgers for old friends crashing with us on a cross-country road trip. A marriage is an event – …

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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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