Trump’s Administration Rejects Trans Kids Again

Yesterday, we learned that the federal government will be rejecting transgender bathroom bill cases. They won’t investigate. They won’t take action. They will be complicit in anything that happens to transgender students under this governance. We know just how harmful this is to LGBTQ+ youth. Adolescence is hard enough for kids at it is, but …

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Colorado deserves better.

Colorado deserves better. Last week, GOP state lawmakers shut down funding to the Colorado Civil Rights Division–a blow that felt like it came from Washington. The commission is at the center of the pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving the refusal of Lakewood baker Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop to make a wedding cake for …

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Minnesota should do better.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was recently alerted to a growing problem with hate crimes in Minnesota–specifically in the process of reporting. Via the Star Tribune: After a homemade bomb ripped through a window of Bloomington’s Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center last summer, the FBI quickly flew evidence to its Virginia lab in a desperate search for …

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7 Banned Words; 1 Ugly Sentiment

Friends of MSF: Last week, you may have read that the Trump administration recommended 7 words to not be used by the Centers for Disease Control: “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” We know that hate, and the violence caused by hate, always begins with words. Name-calling, teasing, bullying, cyber bullying; they’re all …

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ANNOUNCING: The Erase Hate in Business Campaign

While watching how the Masterpiece Cake case begins to unravel, we got to thinking. If the president can announce that he is fine with blatant discrimination by saying businesses should be able to put signs up saying they do not serve the LGBTQ+ population, we ought to allow businesses that DO support our community to …

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Happy Thanksgiving from MSF!

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Family, friends, and you: our support system. We would not be able to continue doing this work without you. Thanksgiving arrives during a time of great polarization in our country. It is hard to not stay enveloped in stories of tragedy, abuse or malintent in …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MSF Partners with onePULSE for Laramie Project Fundraiser

Contact: Sara Grossman Tel. (303) 830-7400 x10 Cell: (727) 560-6476 Email: sara@matthewshepard.org Website: www.matthewshepard.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York, NY — The Matthew Shepard Foundation and the onePULSE Foundation will officially be partnering to raise awareness and effect change in relation to hate crimes, gun violence, and how they affect the LGBTQ+ communities and society …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MSF and MillerLite Team Up for Hate Crimes Training

Contact: Sara Grossman Tel. (303) 830-7400 x10 Cell: (727) 560-6476 Email: sara@matthewshepard.org Website: www.matthewshepard.org Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/177290072818208 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ft. Lauderdale, FL — The Matthew Shepard Foundation and MillerCoors have teamed up once again for a Stay Loud, Be Proud hate crimes training. The beer brand has really stepped up over the last several years …

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Press Release: Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) held the first meeting of the “Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes” Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2017.   Recognizing the critical role law enforcement and community leaders play in …

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Thoughts from MSF on 9/11

The coffee was brewing, the bagels were fresh, and the conference room on the 28th Floor of the New York FBI Office was surprisingly neat. I was ready to host the quarterly meeting of the New York Hate Crimes Working Group. It was about 8:30 a.m. on September 11, 2001. About twenty minutes later, I …

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