From Judy – February 2009

January 20th, Logan and I were lucky enough to be in DC to witness history.  Now is time to rejoice in a new beginning.  It is a time when all Americans must work together for the good of our country and all its citizens.  We will work for a future of peace and prosperity.  We can’t forget what got us here vigilance and the knowledge that the right thing will happen only if we work toward the same goal of equality. It won’t be easy. It will take time and sacrifice from all of us to achieve that goal.

We are confident that President Obama and the new administration will be our champions.  The GLBT community will finally achieve equal rights across the board.  It will not happen all at once. Maybe not this year or even this term but it will happen.  The Matthew Shepard Foundation will be working toward that goal with you. We all need to work together to make this happen partners in progress not splinter factions.

Judy Shepard
Executive Director

Imperial Court System

The Matthew Shepard Foundation(MSF) and the Imperial Court System(ICS) have joined forces to deliver MSF programming to over 68 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico….

High School & Community Outreach

The Foundation is proud to announce a new community outreach program. The FBI estimates that more than 7,000 hate crimes occur in the United States each year. Whether we hear about them in the news or read about them in the paper, they become external. Many of us do not acknowledge or understand the role hate plays in our everyday lives. Furthermore, often times we do not consider how we contribute to the problem or what we can do to change it.

This discussion will lead participants on a journey to help them identify how hate manifests itself in their everyday lives and what they can do to stop it. Participants will discuss how individuals contribute to the problem and what they can do to forward the process of replacing hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.