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Matthew Shepard, On My Mind

Mattingly Messina | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Mattingly Messina

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to Mike Pence. We've already spent thirteen months talking about Donald Trump. What we're forgetting, however, is that there are stories to be told, and that our country is nothing without them. I won't let Matthew Shepard be forgotten.

'Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine,' and My Son

Judy Shepard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Judy Shepard

People see parts of themselves in Matt, both good and bad, and then the message sinks in, that these victims are more than icons or figures. They're people who feel love, pain, happiness and sadness.

Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Cathy Renna | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

Even after 16 years, the name and story of Matthew Shepard, whose murder, carved into American history, represented a watershed moment that forever changed the conversation about the LGBT experience, not only still resonate but continue to have an impact.

Lila Shapiro

Acquittal In Kentucky Throws Fuel On Hate Crime Debate | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Over the past 10 years, as gay rights advocates have pushed the government to take steps to protect gay people from hate crimes, those arguing for and...

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Matthew Shepard

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Just past midnight on October 7, 1998, one of the most horrific anti-gay hate crimes in American history took place in Laramie, Wyoming. Matthew Shepa...

14 Years Ago Today

Jamie McGonnigal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie McGonnigal

Aaron Kreifels was riding his bike through a field in Wyoming. He wasn't expecting that day to be different from any other beautiful sunny afternoon in the vast plains surrounding Laramie, but that day would change many lives.

Lila Shapiro

Highest Number Of Anti-Gay Murders Ever Reported In 2011: Study | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

More murders motivated by anti-gay bias occurred last year than any year since the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs began collecting data ...

Lila Shapiro

Hatred In Harlan's Hills | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. -- In the middle of an April night last year, a young gay man named Kevin Pennington crawled out of the woods in the remote hills o...

Obama, Biden and Hillary Clinton

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

The United States and the world are facing critical decisions and continued turbulent times. This election will help determine our destiny and we need President Obama there for another four years.

PHOTOS: Remembering Matthew Shepard, 1976-1998

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In what has been described as a galvanizing moment for America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, 21-year-old college student ...

Disturbing New Report for Anti-LGBT Violence in 2009

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

The most marginalized parts of an already marginalized group like the LGBT community are being targeted in horrific numbers.

LGBT Rights: The Time Is Now

State Rep. Julie Hamos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
State Rep. Julie Hamos

I hope the abolition of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is immediate. But there is still one crucial step that this country needs to take: We must make civil marriage equality the law of the land.

The New Gay Apartheid

Jim David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim David

Whatever church those people do go to, they are taught hate and fear, not the Christian love I grew up with. They both hate gays and fear them.

Ending Hate Crime

Lee Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee Fisher

I am heartened that Congress has finally passed a bill that would strengthen the ability of governments at all levels to investigate and prosecute hate crime.

Has Obama Lived Up To His Campaign Promises?

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last November, the United States elected a president who campaigned on the promise of change. Critics called President Obama's rhetoric simultaneousl...

What If He Were Your Child?

Jennifer Evans Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Evans Gardner

I pray that I don't have to read about any more citizens on any more streets in any more cities in this country being attacked for being who they are.

Senate GOPers: Loosen Gun Laws To Defend Gay Rights

Washington Independent | David Weigel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One month after successfully tucking an amendment into the credit card reform bill that expanded gun rights, a small number of Senate Republicans are ...