How To Stand With Orlando

In the aftermath of tragedy, so many of us are left helpless with too many questions left unanswered. As the LGBTQ+ community and its allies continue to try to make sense of the tragedy at Orlando’s gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, claiming 49 innocent lives, the one question we can answer is “How can I …

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Orlando gay nightclub shooting: “We must come together to help and to heal”

By Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation We cannot fathom the sheer hatred that would lead someone to shoot down more than a hundred complete strangers gathered in their community’s own safe space to innocently celebrate. Last night’s massacre at an Orlando gay bar is the latest senseless tragedy to befall our …

Matthew Shepard FoundationOrlando gay nightclub shooting: “We must come together to help and to heal”
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U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch: ‘We Stand with Transgender Americans’

Last week America witnessed a bold and unprecedented stand for the basic dignity of the trans* community — not only with moving symbolism, but with the promise of increased federal action. On May 9, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch firmly aligned the Department of Justice with equality for transgender Americans: “We see you. We stand with you … And please know that history is on your side.”

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Listen to trans activist Nicole Maines’ TEDx Talk: “Transgender: You’re Part of the Story”

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”
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How to be an Advocate for Hate Crimes Victims

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.

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New video highlights Dallas Hate Crimes

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.

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