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Matthew Shepard was a 22-year-old University of Wyoming student who was beaten, tortured, and left to die on a fence near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998. He was found in critical condition and died six days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12. His death caused an outcry against homophobic violence in America and continues to he continues to be a symbol of the fight against antigay bullying. Pride has all you need to know about the young man who was taken too soon.

A New Doc Honors Matthew Shepard On the 25th Anniversary Of His Death

The Matthew Shepard Story: An American Hate Crime trailer is here and it’s both heartbreaking and necessary.

Matthew Shepard to Receive Plaque at Washington National Cathedral

His death helped pave the way for LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws in America.

5 Battles LGBT Americans Won

These victories gave us hope, and proved that progress was possible. Let's keep fighting!

Op-Ed: From Matthew Shepard to Trayvon Martin - Bigotry Knows No Boundaries

The nation is once again divided alone the fault line of race. In a perceived 2013 post-racial society, however, William Faulkner's prophetic quote "The past is never dead. It's not even past," has come back to haunt us in this century. Faulkner’s quote resonates now more than ever following the George Zimmerman verdict.

Watch: 10-year-old's Impressive Interview with Amy Ray of Indigo Girls

Hannah Alper is a 10-year-old Candanian environmental activist with an impressively prolific blog. Recently, she interviewed none other than out musician Amy Ray, one half of the iconic Indigo Girls.

'Singing Home' Jodi Picoult's Praises: Interview

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult's latest novel tells the story of a lesbian couple struggling to conceive. But Sing You Home took a personal turn when her 17-year-old son came out while she was writing the book. Jodi Picoult's newest novel Sing You Home, is the first book club selection for the Trevor Project's TrevorSpace. Heart-wrenching and at times laugh-out-loud funny Sing You Home follows the story of a lesbian couple and their struggles to start a family.

Wyoming House Advances Bill to Bar State from Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

The Wyoming house advanced a bill Thursday that would bar the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, one of several equality-related measures to be considered in this legislative session. State representative Owen Petersen, a Republican from Mountain View, sponsors the antigay bill. He wants to resolve an apparent conflict in state law that defines marriage as a contract between a man and a woman, while also recognizing any marriage validly performed outside the sate.

Three LGBT Charities vie for $1M Grant

Facebook has teamed up with Chase Bank to donate millions of dollars to small and local charities chosen and voted on by users. One million dollars goes to the winning charity - The Trevor Project, The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and the Matthew Shepard Foundation made the cut to the final 100 charities and will receive $25,000 each.

SheWired's Top 10 Lesbian and Gay News Events That Made a Difference in 2009


The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community made some significant gains and suffered some devastating losses. This year,  The L Word ended, openly gay and lesbian candidates took office, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was signed, 200,000+ came to the National Equality March, some states gained marriage equality, others lost it, out celebs like Ellen Degeneres and Wanda Sykes nabbed highly visible gigs despite gay media outlets closing.


Matthew Shepard Foundation Declines Perez Hilton's Donation

The Matthew Shepard Foundation has declined on Friday the donation that celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, offered to give from the proceeds of the lawsuit he filed against the Black Eyed Peas.