GLAAD Works with Advocates Across the Country to Honor Matthew Shepard

October 13, 2008

As I posted on Friday, in honor of Matthew’s memory and the legacy he has left behind, we at GLAAD launched a project to get those stories told - to look at where we were ten years ago, where we are today and where we still need to go.

Collaborating with folks from across the country we went to work writing, editing and pitching editorials and op-ed pieces to newspapers in almost every state in the nation.

This comprehensive approach - to tell Matthew's story nation-wide, but uniquely in different communities around the country - is intended to raise awareness on the local level of the continued violence against gay and transgender people.  

Below are some of the placements GLAAD has helped to secure this week.  We will be posting more as the become available to us online.


"Alabama Voices: Expand Alabama Statute"
by Danny Upton, Executive Director of Equality Alabama
Montgomery Advertiser

"State's hate-crime law not inclusive"
by Danny Upton, Executive Director of Equality Alabama
Birmingham News


"Remembering Matthew Shepard"
by Leslie Wood
Juneau Empire


"Fear, ignorance, hatred take lives of Shepard and King"
by Jay Smith, Executive Director of the Ventura County Rainbow Alliance in Ventura
Ventura County Star


"Ten years after Matthew Shepard, no change"
by Monica Zapata, sister of hate crime victim Angie Zapata
Denver Post

"A hate crime remembered"
Editorial inspired by GLAAD's recent work with the paper
Denver Post

"Judy Shepard statement on the 10th anniversary of Matthew's death"
by Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard
Rocky Mountain News


"Stand Against Hate Crimes: On Shepard Killing Anniversary, Federal Law Still Needed"
By Rev. Terry Davis,  pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hartford
Hartford Courant,0,7489785.story


"It's time for Oklahoma to act"
by Laura Belmonte, President of Oklahomans for Equality
Tulsa World


"10 Years After Matthew Shepard"
by Mark Jason McLaurin, Director of Legislative Affairs, Public Justice Center
Baltimore Examiner


"Remembering Matthew Shepard"
by Jamie Carter, Vice-President of the University of Mississippi Gay Straight Alliance
The Daily Mississippian


Letter: Shepard's death galvanized a movement
by Ken Spencer
The Missoulian


"Ten years later, still no hate crime law"
by Elke Kennedy, mother of hate crime victim Sean Kennedy
The State

"South Carolina still doesn't have a hate crimes law"
by Elke Kennedy
Greenville News


"Remembering Matthew Shepard"
by Milton Monson
The Salt Lake Tribune


"My Turn: Pass law to protect LGBTQ people"
by Kara DeLeonardis, Executive Director of RU12? Community Center in Burlington
Burlington Free Press


"Virginia doesn't protect gays"
by Dyana Mason and Mark E. Board, Executive Director and Board Chairman of Equality Virginia
The Roanoke Times