Dennis Shepard on Matthew, 15 Years Later

Dennis Shepard, replying to a recent inquiry we received from a ‘Laramie Project’ cast member in Amsterdam, wrote this about speaking to the Court before the sentencing of one of Matthew’s murderers. As we mark this 15thanniversary of Matthew leaving this world, we thought this reflection was a fitting tribute to Matthew’s memory and the …

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‘The Laramie Project’ too controversial for Ottumwa, IA HS? MSF responds

It is with great disappointment that we learned that school administrators in Ottumwa, Iowa, have cancelled the local high school’s planned production of The Laramie Project due to concerns over its subject matter. The Laramie Project is the story of the townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming, and their lives in the aftermath of the brutal murder …

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MSF Interview with Faculty of Law of the Free University of Brussels

A group of students from the Faculty of Law of the Free University of Brussels. They were writing a case study about Matthew Shepard as part of an English course, and the Foundation provided them with a number of resources. The students also sent a list of questions for our Executive Director Jason Marsden, and Susan Burk, our Laramie Project Specialist. The answers reveal the personal stories and connections Jason and Susan have for Matt and his story.

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MSF Board VP Honored for His Work

Congratulations to MSF Board Vice President Greg Miraglia who was presented with the Dr. John W. Rice Award for Exemplifying Diversity and Equity within the California Community Colleges. Named after the former member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the 2013 Dr. John W. Rice Award was given to Napa Valley College’s Greg …

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Our Reaction on the Prop 8 and DOMA Rulings from the Supreme Court

On the 10th anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas and just days after the 40th anniversary of the mass murder of 32 LGBT Americans in New Orleans’ UpStairs Lounge, we are celebrating a truly historic day for our country. While there was no ruling on the fundamental right to marry, the Supreme Court has said that …

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Judy and Dennis Shepard Honored in Washington D.C.; Casper Resident works with Ford’s Theatre Production

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A host of dignitaries and celebrities honored Casper residents Judy and Dennis Shepard for 15 years of pro-diversity charitable work Sunday, at the Ford’s Theatre Gala in Washington D.C. Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, members of Congress were among …

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On Mark Carson

The senseless and tragic murder of New York City resident Marc Carson in Greenwich Village late on Friday is another heartbreaking reminder that despite political and social progress in recent years, LGBT people continue to be singled out for discrimination, abuse and even deadly violence. City officials are investigating Mr. Carson’s murder as a hate …

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International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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This International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we are reminded of what Judy Shepard tells audiences around the world every time she speaks, “Your voice is the most powerful tool in Erasing Hate.” We are remember that each of our voices can be used to demand the inherent dignity and respect we all deserve but …

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MSF Partners with Ford’s Theatre for “The Laramie Project” Production in September & October 2013

Washington, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault announced the Theatre’s 2013-2014 season will open with a new production of The Laramie Project, 15 years after the killing of Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. The play is presented as the cornerstone production for the Ford’s Theatre Society’s Lincoln Legacy Project, a multi-year effort dedicated to sparking …

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Celebrate Mother’s Day With Us

15 years ago, Judy Shepard became more than just the mother of Matthew Shepard, she became the quintessential mother figure for the LGBT equality movement. Her tireless advocacy and nurturing soul have been an inspiration to millions. Since the death of her son catapulted her into the national spotlight, Judy has spoken to countless schools, …

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