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GMCW seeks Director of Development

About Us The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) is an internationally recognized organization that inspires equality, justice, and inclusion through the performing arts. Our organization is comprised of a 300-member flagship chorus, the GenOUT Youth Chorus for LGBTQ+ and allied young people ages 13-18, the chamber ensemble Rock Creek Singers, the a cappella group Potomac Fever, the gospel/inspirational ensemble Seasons of Love, and the dance troupe 17th Street Dance. Since ...
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Opinion: Why I feel hopeful on Coming Out Day this year

I came out in 1998, the same year gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was beaten and hung to die in a cornfield in the great American plains.
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Wyoming Shelves Hate Crime Law Decades After Shepard's Death

Wyoming lawmakers have again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law in the state where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago.
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Wyoming Tables Hate Crimes Law Decades After Shepard's Death

Wyoming lawmakers have again decided not to adopt a hate crimes law in the state where gay college student Matthew Shepard was killed more than 20 years ago.
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Symposium: The triumph of textualism: “Only the written word is the law”

Jonathan Skrmetti is chief deputy attorney general of the state of Tennessee, which filed an amicus brief on behalf of 15 states in support of the employers in Bostock v. Clayton County and Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC. Justice Elena Kagan famously remarked, eulogizing her friend Justice Antonin Scalia, that “[w]e are all textualists now.”  Bostock v. Clayton County puts to rest any doubt about that sentiment. Although the 6-3 decision prompted vigorous dissents, all nine justices adopt a purely...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Tennessee, District Of Columbia, Antonin Scalia, Scalia, EEOC, Matthew Shepard, Alito, Clayton County, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Kavanaugh

Twenty Years Of ‘The Laramie Project’

By now the documentary theatre piece about the murder of Matthew Shepard has been performed thousands of times by professionals, amateurs, and students; an estimated 10 million people have seen it live in 13 languages and 20 countries, and another 20 million have seen the HBO adaptation; arguably, The Laramie Project even helped change federal law. Journalist John Moore looks back at how the play developed and spread. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Hbo, Theatre, Matthew Shepard, John Moore, Laramie Project, 02.26.20

After denying the dangers of smoking for years, Rush Limbaugh is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh announced on his show this week that he’s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The 69-year-old, cigar-smoking hothead said he’s been receiving treatment for the cancer since January 20, though he did not provide many additional details. “There are going to be days that I’m not going to be able to be here,” he told listeners. Here's the audio of Rush Limbaugh announcing on his show that he has lung cancer. — Julio Rosa...
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Granddaughter of homophobe Fred Phelps details horrors of abusive upbringing

Screen capture Megan Phelps Roper, the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, has opened up about her upbringing in a bombshell new interview. Fred Phelps, of course, was the notorious homophobic preacher at the Westboro Baptist Church. Throughout the 1980s, ’90s and into the 2000s, Phelps became a fixture of protest, blaming the ills of the world on homosexuality. He and his followers often showed up at the funerals of AIDS patients, or, in the case of Matthew Shepard, that of a hate crime victim, to...
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Matthew Shepard parents on exposing Trump era LGBTQ hypocrisy: Be indignant, but also calm

The type of courage the Shepards displayed on gay rights is crucial to democracy. Civility — making your point respectfully — is also fundamental.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Usa Today, Trump, Matthew Shepard, Shepards

Parents of Matthew Shepard slam AG Barr, Trump for failing to guard against sex discrimination

Parents of Matthew Shepard slam AG Barr, Trump administration for failing to guard against discrimination based on sexual orientation         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Parents of Murdered Gay Student Matthew Shepard Criticize Attorney General Barr Over LGBT Rights

This months marks the tenth anniversary of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act
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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Slam Attorney General For Supporting Trans Discrimination

The scathing remarks came at an event marking the anniversary of a hate-crime bill named after their murdered son.
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Matthew Shepard’s Parents Slam AG Barr For Supporting Trans Discrimination

The scathing remarks came at an event marking the anniversary of a hate-crime bill named after their murdered son.
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Matthew Shepard's parents have sharp words for William Barr in speech delivered at DOJ event

The family of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old Wyoming man killed in a brutal homophobic attack in 1998, had sharp words for Attorney General William Barr in a speech delivered Wednesday at the Justice Department.
Tags: Cnn, Wyoming, Doj, Matthew Shepard, William Barr

Matthew Shepard’s parents criticize AG Barr on LGBT rights

The parents of Matthew Shepard, the gay college student murdered in 1998, assailed Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday for what they called hypocrisy on LGBT rights during a Justice Department ceremony commemorating a hate-crimes law named after their son. The ceremony, held in the department’s Great Hall, marked the 10th anniversary of the Matthew […]
Tags: News, Nation, Justice Department, Matthew Shepard, Great Hall, AG Barr, Nation & World Politics, William Barr

Biden Tells Matthew Shepard’s Mom That Civil Rights Act Includes LGBTQ People

At CNN's town hall, Biden told Shepard's mother about his support for the Equality Act to solidify LGBTQ rights.
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Joe Biden Tells Matthew Shepard’s Mom That Civil Rights Act Includes LGBTQ People

At CNN's town hall, Biden told Shepard's mother about his support for the Equality Act to solidify LGBTQ rights.
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Banning gay panic defenses: The unfinished legacy of the Matthew Shepard case

New York could become the fourth state to strike gay panic defenses, which let a defendant use a victim's LGBTQ identity as justification for violent acts.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, New York, News, Usa Today, Matthew Shepard

There are two names on the federal hate crimes law. One is Matthew Shepard. The other is James Byrd Jr.

The federal act is often associated with the killing of Matthew Shepard, a gay student beaten to death in Wyoming, but the full name of the law is the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Tags: Cnn, Wyoming, Matthew Shepard, James Byrd, James Byrd Jr

James Byrd Jr.'s and Matthew Shepard's killers gave feds more weapons to fight hate crimes

John William King sought to terrorize blacks in east Texas by murdering James Byrd Jr., but his vicious crime instead (eventually) provided federal law enforcement with additional tools to punish perpetrators of hate crimes.
Tags: Texas, Cnn, Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr, John William King

Tammy Baldwin On The Next Battle For LGBTQ+ Rights

It’s 2019 and, in more than half of the states in the United States, it remains legal to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community in the workplace, in housing, in public spaces, and many other areas. The absence of a federal anti-discrimination law has a deep impact in the everyday lives of this community: Research shows nearly two-thirds of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. have experienced discrimination based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.Sen. Tammy Baldwin hopes to chan...
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29.Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. “Celebrities, lawmakers rally behind Jussie Smollett in wake of brutal attack,” reported ABC News. “Jussie Smollett Performs at Troubadour Just Days After Chicago Attack: ‘I Had to Be Here Tonight’” rea...
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A high school English department goes big to encourage reading

When the students of Mundelein High School in Mundelein, Illinois returned to school from winter break there was something different about the hallways of the English department. Six floor-to-ceiling vinyl prints of book covers had been installed while they were away in the hopes that it would encourage students to talk more about their reading life. School spokesman Ron Girard says that the project was intended to “get students talking about the reading that they do” and has succeeded in...
Tags: School, Books, Kazuo Ishiguro, Matthew Shepard, Emily Bronte, Jason Reynolds, Mundelein High School, Books In Design, Fredrik Backman, Christopher McDougall, Wuthering Heights, Mundelein Illinois, Beartown, Leslea Newman, Reading / Literacy, Ron Girard

2018 In Review

It’s a busy world out there, with a lot going on. It can be challenging to discern in the daily flow of events what might end up mattering the most down the road. But we’ll try anyway; here’s our roundup of what we thought were the stories we’ll be looking back on in the future.   A Star is Born Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry gives an address during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Owen Hu...
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The National Cathedral is planning a Matthew Shepard memorial plaque

The bronze plaque will be located in a a chapel outside the columbarium where he is interred and will be only the second plaque to be there—the other memorializes Helen Keller.
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What Matthew Shepard’s interment taught us about religion

On 26 October 2018, twenty years after two men in Wyoming brutally murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard, the Washington National Cathedral hosted a service to inter Shepard’s ashes in a permanent memorial. More than four thousand people attended the service that was co-led by the Reverend Gene Robinson, the first openly-gay elected bishop of the Episcopal Church. Robinson announced to the assembled crowd that Shepard had “come back to church.” During the service, Shepard’s father declare...
Tags: Books, Featured, Congress, White House, Religion, America, History, Wyoming, Homosexuality, Bill Clinton, Christianity, Lgbtq, Hate Crime, Ellen Degeneres, Westboro Baptist Church, Gene Robinson

Christian Left gains attention following interment of Matthew Shepard at Washington National Cathedral

In the wake of the interment of the ashes of Matthew Shepard at the Washington National Cathedral on October 26, progressive Christianity is getting noticed.  The interment, which was first announced in early October, came twenty years after Shepard died after being tied to a fence and beaten in an anti-gay hate crime.   The interment was preceded by a public service of remembrance which opened with a statement that the cathedral is a place of prayer for all people, regardless of religious tradi...
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Over 2,000 people show up to honor the late Matthew Shepard

Crowds packed the aisles of Washington National Cathedral for Shepard's internment, 20 years after his murder.
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