GLAAD Works with Advocates Across the Country to Honor Matthew Shepard

By GLAAD |
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

"Alabama Voices: Expand Alabama Statute"
by Danny Upton, Executive Director of Equality Alabama
Montgomery Advertiser
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081007/OPINION0101/810070301/1006/OPINION

"State's hate-crime law not inclusive"
by Danny Upton, Executive Director of Equality Alabama
Birmingham News
http://www.al.com/opinion/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/opinion/122319450782970.xml&coll=2

ALASKA

"Remembering Matthew Shepard"
by Leslie Wood
Juneau Empire
http://juneauempire.com/stories/101208/opi_343196289.shtml

CALIFORNIA

"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
http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/oct/05/fear-ignorance-hatred-take-lives-of-shepard-and/

COLORADO

"Ten years after Matthew Shepard, no change"
by Monica Zapata, sister of hate crime victim Angie Zapata
Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_10661633

"A hate crime remembered"
Editorial inspired by GLAAD's recent work with the paper
Denver Post
http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_10671319

"Judy Shepard statement on the 10th anniversary of Matthew's death"
by Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard
Rocky Mountain News
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/09/judy-shepard-statement-10th-anniversary-matthews-d/

CONNECTICUT

"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
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/commentary/hc-commentarydavis1012.artoct12,0,7489785.story

OKLAHOMA

"It's time for Oklahoma to act"
by Laura Belmonte, President of Oklahomans for Equality
Tulsa World
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/article.aspx?subjectID=65&articleID=20081009_65_A13_Tiekay288739

MARYLAND

"10 Years After Matthew Shepard"
by Mark Jason McLaurin, Director of Legislative Affairs, Public Justice Center
Baltimore Examiner
http://www.baltimoreexaminer.com/opinion/Ten_years_after_Matthew_Shepard.html

MISSISSIPPI

"Remembering Matthew Shepard"
by Jamie Carter, Vice-President of the University of Mississippi Gay Straight Alliance
The Daily Mississippian
http://www.thedmonline.com/remembering_matthew_shepard

MONTANA

Letter: Shepard's death galvanized a movement
by Ken Spencer
The Missoulian
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2008/10/12/letters/more/letters83.txt

SOUTH CAROLINA

"Ten years later, still no hate crime law"
by Elke Kennedy, mother of hate crime victim Sean Kennedy
The State
http://www.thestate.com/editorial-columns/story/548100.html

"South Carolina still doesn't have a hate crimes law"
by Elke Kennedy
Greenville News
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081011/OPINION/810110311/1004/NEWS01

UTAH

"Remembering Matthew Shepard"
by Milton Monson
The Salt Lake Tribune
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_10697785?source=email

VERMONT

"My Turn: Pass law to protect LGBTQ people"
by Kara DeLeonardis, Executive Director of RU12? Community Center in Burlington
Burlington Free Press
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081010/OPINION/810100303

VIRGINIA

"Virginia doesn't protect gays"
by Dyana Mason and Mark E. Board, Executive Director and Board Chairman of Equality Virginia
The Roanoke Times
http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/commentary/wb/179597