To the Denver School of the Arts, We Thank You

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Since last November, the Matthew Shepard Foundation has been fortunate to have the opportunity to dive in behind the scenes of The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later with the cast and crew at the Denver School of the Arts (DSA). After the final curtain closing on The Laramie Project: Ten Years …

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Financial February Presented by State Farm On Matthew’s Place

This month MatthewsPlace.com, our youth recourse website, is talking about the importance of financial stability and planning. Financial February presented by State Farm will give us the chance to talk about how LGBT youth have unique obstacles in reaching financial security. Sadly, it is still legal in 29 states for employers to fire you simply because of your sexual orientation, …

Matthew Shepard FoundationFinancial February Presented by State Farm On Matthew’s Place
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Leelah Alcorn, and the need to Erase Hate

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The death of Matthew in 1998 was the start of this Foundation’s work to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance. Unfortunately, Matt’s death was far from the last to occur during the ongoing struggle for equality and equal protection for the LGBT community. It seems with every forward step we take toward a better …

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2014 Annual Report

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The Matthew Shepard Foundation’s 2014 Annual Report revisits the highlights from the past fiscal year, including Judy and Dennis Shepard’s outreach, updates and advancements for hate crimes reporting efforts, and the continued growth of our work with Matthew’s Place and The Laramie Project.

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2013 Hate Crimes Report Released

This week the FBI released its much-anticipated annual report on hate crimes committed in 2013, and as with past reports, the news is mixed. To start, it’s clear that hate crimes of every sort—and racial, religious and anti-gay hate crimes in particular—continued for another year at a depressingly steady level throughout the country. On at …

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October 6th: One Date, Two Stories

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On the evening of Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard was abducted and attacked in Laramie, WY because he was gay. Today, on the 16th anniversary of that terrible event, the Supreme Court denied appeals seeking to block the rights of loving, committed same-sex couples – and once again October 6th is a pivotal day in …

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Stephen Fry to be Honored by MSF

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As the Foundation passes our 15th anniversary, we owe it to the movement for LGBT equality to lift up and honor those who have committed themselves to securing justice for our community. We are excited to introduce the Matthew Shepard Foundation Honors, the new iteration of Bear to Make a Difference. Judy and Dennis care …

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MSF Announces New Award for The Honors 2014

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This year, the Matthew Shepard Foundation is pleased to introduce the Dennis Dougherty Award for Community Leadership in memory of a loving, generous and inspiring member of the MSF family. The award will be presented at  The Matthew Shepard Foundation Honors on October 11 in Denver, CO. Dennis was a friend, mentor, philanthropist and visionary who was instrumental …

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Judy Shepard, MSF React to President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Discrimination

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Following today’s actions by President Obama, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Judy Shepard had the following response: “Today, President Obama has made it clear that nobody should ever fear for their jobs just because of who they are or who they love, Dennis and I are very pleased that the President has signed the executive …

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Civil Rights Act Marks 50 Years

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, marking a watershed moment in our country’s commitment to freedom and justice for all. “This is a proud triumph,” President Johnson said before signing the bill. “Yet those who founded our country knew that freedom would be secure …

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