Nicole Maines, a trans activist and 2015 Spirit of Matthew Award recipient, delivered a TEDx Talk titled “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story.” In 2011, Nicole, her twin brother Jonas and their parents, Kelly and Wayne, brought tremendous progress to her school district in Portland, Maine, through activism and ultimately a successful lawsuit with the support of …
Matthew Shepard FoundationListen to trans activist Nicole Maines’ TEDx Talk: “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story”
Victims of hate crimes remain fearful and mistrustful of the criminal justice system. Reporting a hate crime can present more consequences than justice: public outing in a non-accepting environment; re-victimization by law enforcement; discrimination in hospitals, churches and schools. What can be done to help? We literally need to stand by the victims of hate crimes.
Matthew Shepard FoundationHow to be an Advocate for Hate Crimes Victims
As part of its National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Equality Texas released a video showing how the organization is working with hate crimes victims, the Dallas Police Department and other community leaders to address last fall’s spike in hate crimes in the Oak Lawn neighborhood.
Matthew Shepard FoundationNew video highlights Dallas Hate Crimes
The documentary feature film Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine—directed by filmmaker and friend Michele Josue—has been nominated in the “Outstanding Special Class Special” category for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards after airing on Logo TV last July.
Matthew Shepard Foundation‘Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine’ Nominated for Daytime Emmy
Thanks to gracious supporters Steven and Angie, their efforts and their nuptials raised over $6,000 for the Foundation. At their wedding on November 28th, 2015, they chose three charities close to their hearts and the Matthew Shepard Foundation was at the top of their list. Angie and Steven said, “We are so grateful and honored to give back to such an amazing organization that brought our two worlds together!”
Matthew Shepard FoundationKantors Nuptials benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation
The stories journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will capture with #EmergingUS is vital to our nation’s progress. Already in this election year we’ve heard endless rants of bigotry, ignorance and hatred toward immigrants from all corners of the world; of different cultures, religions and identities. We cannot afford to let ignorance and hate drown out the voices of America’s immigrants. We cannot endure continued systematic oppression.
Matthew Shepard FoundationShifting American Identity sparks new digital news platform #EmergingUS
The Matthew Shepard Foundation has joined CampusPride and more than 80 other LGBTQ+, religious, sports and youth groups in urging the National College Athletic Association to “divest from all religious based campuses who have requested discriminatory Title IX waivers toward LGBTQ youth.”
Matthew Shepard FoundationDear NCAA: Cut Ties with Discriminatory Schools