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Matthew Shepard: His Legacy Continues

Cathy Renna | Posted 10.13.2014 | 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.

Lila Shapiro

Acquittal In Kentucky Throws Fuel On Hate Crime Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.26.2012 | Gay 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 11.07.2013 | Gay 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 11.07.2013 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 06.02.2012 | Gay 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.23.2012 | Gay 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 12.11.2011 | Gay 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 ...

Swastika-Shaving Case To Be 1st Test Of New Hate Crimes Law Named For Matthew Shepard

AP | TIM KORTE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Three friends had just finished their shifts at a McDonald's when prosecutors say they carried out a gruesome attack on a cus...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...