A hate crime (sometimes termed a “bias crime”) is defined by law as an act where the offender targets his or her victim specifically due to one or more personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.
Judy and Dennis, dedicate their lives to strengthening hate crime laws and raising awareness of the violence the LGBTQ+ community face. In October 2009, the Shepards joined President Barack Obama as he signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. It expanded prior federal hate crimes law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Matthew Shepard Foundation provides a variety of services:
- Media resources, including photography and video
- Historical background and cultural context
- Creative consultation
- Post-show discussions and community conversations
Where we’re speaking:
- Productions of The Laramie Project
- Hate Crimes Reporting Conferences and Trainings
- Employee Resource Groups and other workplace settings
- Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Colleges, Universities and Educators’ Conferences
- Screenings of Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine
- U.S. Embassies in partnership with the State Department