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

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.18.2015 | Gay Voices

This past week marked the 17-year anniversary since Matthew Shepard was targeted and brutally killed for being gay in Wy...

Two Men Killed Matthew Shepard: Millions Helped

James Peron | Posted 07.28.2015 | Gay 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 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices

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

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

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay 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 05.17.2015 | 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.

Town Where Matthew Shepard Was Killed Passes Measure To Protect Gays

AP | BEN NEARY | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the...

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 03.31.2015 | Gay 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 11.22.2014 | Gay 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 11.19.2014 | Gay 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 12.12.2014 | Gay 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 08.18.2014 | Gay 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 05.24.2014 | Gay 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 05.18.2014 | Gay 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 04.30.2014 | Gay 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.

LOOK: Jason Collins Meets Matthew Shepard's Parents

AP | ARNIE STAPLETON | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices

DENVER (AP) — Jason Collins had plenty of gifts for Matthew Shepard's parents: a basket, a blowout, an autographed No. 98 jersey that he wears in ho...

LISTEN: Rush Limbaugh Makes Shocking Claim About Matthew Shepard's Death

Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices

Rush Limbaugh made an eyebrow-raising reference to Matthew Shepard in a radio broadcast this week, implying that the slain gay student's murder wasn't...

Safe Classrooms, Safe Kids

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Educators can be allies. They can guide their students in respect for one another's differences. They can make hotlines and resources accessible. And by teaching, loving, and leading each day, they make change.

What the Attack on Scott Jones Tells Us About Fear and Courage

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

That young man who stabbed Jones carries with him a darkness that speaks to its own kind of pain but he chose to embrace the darkness and his voice will remain as small as the whisper he cowardly uttered. Not Jones'. Not ours.