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Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard's Mother Has A Chilling Warning For America About Trump

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics

The mother of Matthew Shepard ― a gay student who was brutally attacked and left to die in a 1998 hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming ― is warning vote...

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.

Mike Pence Is Even More Extreme Than Donald Trump

Matt Baume | Posted 07.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

So Donald Trump picked Mike Pence as his running mate. And on the surface, Mike may look like a comparatively stable, moderate guy, especially next to...

An Open Letter to the Queer Community (and the Straight World We Live In)

Derrick De Lise | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

This is not about them. This is about victims--and they should not be talked about in the abstract, or have major parts of the identity and life ignored. We need to have vigils for them; we need to cry for them; we need to remember them; we need to say their names.

Why We Need LGBT Pride Now More Than Ever

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Yes, Pride is often hokey, and kitsch and commercial and whatever. But it's ours. It's also diverse and vibrant and enormous and powerful. It's strength and solidarity. It's empowerment in these painful times. And it's a statement that, when we are one, nothing can stop us.

Here's How Matthew Shepard's Tragic Death Changed U.S. Politics

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This past week marked the 17-year anniversary since Matthew Shepard was targeted and brutally killed for being gay in Wyoming, on Oct. 12, 1998. As Hu...

Two Men Killed Matthew Shepard: Millions Helped

James Peron | Posted 07.28.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

That night those two young men weren't alone -- not in spirit. Standing with them were thousands of preachers who have called for the death of gay people. Standing with them were millions who had smeared, slandered and dehumanized gay people.

Hear Matthew Shepard In His Own Words In This Touching New Film

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Get More: Logo Documentary Films Seventeen years after his tragic death, Matthew Shepard continues to serve as a symbol of the plight of lesbian, ga...

Letters From Clinton, Mrs. King To Matthew Shepard's Parents Released For The First Time

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents of late gay historical figure Matthew Shepard and founders of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, have for the first ...

How Laramie's LGBT Decision Awakens Us

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2016 | Good News
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

After 17 years of dogmatic slumber and denial over the grisly murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, Laramie's City Council passed the state's first broad LGBT protection ordinance.

Mercy Over Vengeance for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.08.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We are Boston Strong in our resolve to remain united in the face of tragedy. We are Boston Strong in our ability to show mercy amid our grief. We are Boston Strong in our belief that in the midst of tragedy, we may now truly begin the healing process.

Matthew Shepard's Parents Recall The Harrowing Moments After His Brutal Attack

OWN | Posted 03.09.2015 | OWN

Warning: Video and article content may be considered graphic and disturbing to some readers. In the early morning hours of October 8, 1998, Judy an...

Violence Against the 'Other' as Systematic Blight on Our Society

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Whenever anyone of us is diminished, we are all demeaned, when anyone or any group remains institutionally and socially stigmatized, marginalized, excluded, or disenfranchised, when violence comes down upon any of us, the possibility for authentic community cannot be realized unless and until we challenge it in truly transformational ways.

'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.

Violence Against Police Should Not Be Prosecuted as Hate Crime

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

In the wake of the murder of two New York City police officers, the National Fraternal Order of Police sent a letter to the White House and Congress asking that "bias attacks" against police be prosecuted more harshly through hate crime laws.

Finding Home for the Holidays

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I truly believe if American Christians stayed more focused on the message and teachings of Jesus, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would not have the annual angst of searching for home for the holidays.

Matthew Shepard's Mom: Clinton Got 'Bad Advice' On DOMA

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has endured significant criticism for signing the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996 -- and he has since had ...

Matthew Shepard's Close Friend Takes An Intimate Look At Who He Really Was

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

For the first time the story of Matthew Shepard is being told through the lens of a dear friend with an intimate perspective on the life of the hate c...

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.

For Matthew Shepard and His Family

Enrique Torre Molina | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Enrique Torre Molina

At the end of my first year in college, just when I began to come out to my family and friends, I read about a young man in the United States, Matthew Shepard, who had been brutally murdered for being gay. This shocked me for many reasons -- first, because I identified with a few of Matthew's traits.

Fred Phelps Is Gone... And What Is Left Behind? (PHOTO)

Brent Almond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

Thank you, Fred Phelps. Thank you for enraging us, empowering us and uniting us. Thank you for bringing together LGBT and civil-rights activists, veterans and pacifists, bikers and schoolteachers, Republicans and Democrats, atheists and believers.

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

The Judgment of Fred Phelps

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

The Judgment of Fred Phelps might be an interesting watch. Since we have no clue what will go on, we are left to speculate. Here is my impression...

A Gay Dad Says Goodbye to Fred Phelps: Your Life Was an Epic Fail

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

I do not respect Fred Phelps, nor do I forgive the pain he inflicted, but I value him. I value what he contributed to the struggle for LGBT equality. I am grateful that because of his presence, millions woke up to understand homophobia better and to confront it.

To Dismantle the Spokes on the Oppression Wheel

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

We can see concepts and issues of oppression as a wheel with each of the separate spokes representing the numerous forms, which continually trample over the rights and the very lives of individuals and entire groups of people.