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Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

Matthew Shepard Foundation Enters 20th Year

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Nineteen years after the brutal, anti-gay murder of her 21-year-old son Matthew in Laramie, Wyoming, Judy Shepard is committed and passionate about the cause of combatting bullying and bias of the type that ripped her family apart. “I look at this as my grieving process,” she said of the frequent appearances […]

I Won’t Hold the God Hates Fags Freak to His Promise

I Won’t Hold the God Hates Fags Freak to His Promise

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Many people first learned of the Reverend Fred Phelps in late 1998 in connection with the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student brutally slain in a Laramie, Wyoming hate crime –– though Phelps had been up to no good long before that. When Shepard’s family announced plans for his October […]

Emotions High –– On Stage and Off –– at “Laramie Project Cycle”

Emotions High –– On Stage and Off –– at “Laramie Project Cycle”

BY ANDY HUMM | Ten years — especially the decade that followed the 1998 anti-gay murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard — is an epoch in LGBT history. BAM’s revival of “The Laramie Project” –– an Off-Broadway play less than successful commercially in 2000 that has gone on to be the most performed play of the period, […]

US Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Hate Crimes Law

US Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Hate Crimes  Law

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | For the first time, a federal district court has upheld the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in reponse to a constitutional challenge to its protections against crimes committed based on sexual orientation bias. Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled on October 15 that the […]