CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A police department in South Carolina is sponsoring training for officers and prosecutors on hate investigation and prevention.
NEW YORK (AP) — An unexpected travelogue connected as a television event during the second night of the Democrats' virtual convention, livening up a show that so far is struggling in the...
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and members of a coalition fighting hate crimes said Monday they have teamed up to try to increase reporting of hate crimes and train law...
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...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has named a search committee to find a new chancellor.
The next chancellor will succeed Philip Dubois, who announced in...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has announced plans to retire next June.
News sources reported on Tuesday that Philip Dubois disclosed...
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The leaflets distributed by students at a junior high school told pre-teens to "Join the KKK" and that "It's not OK to be gay."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's governor signed legislation Friday banning use of the so-called "gay or trans panic" defense in criminal cases.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told an audience in Iowa on Friday that coming out as gay has empowered him in a way he did not anticipate, and he called...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Criminal defendants in Connecticut would be barred from claiming as their sole legal defense that they panicked after learning about their victim's sexual orientation under...
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont police department hosted a training to help local investigators understand hate crime laws and their responsibility in investigating them.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After 20 years without a permanent resting place, the remains of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old college student whose brutal murder in 1998 has come to symbolize the plight of the LGBTQ community in America, were interred at the Washington National Cathedral on Friday.
More than 2,000 people gathered at the Episcopal cathedral, the second-largest cathedral in the country, to celebrate Shepard's life, mourn his death and honor his memory.
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A collection of Matthew Shepard's papers and personal objects will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
A news release from the Smithsonian says the museum will accept the donation from Shepard's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, in Washington on Oct. 25.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — On Oct. 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, died at a hospital in Colorado nearly a week after being beaten and lashed to a fence before being found by bicyclists. Shepard's death turned the college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights .
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights.
Shepard’s murder haunts Wyoming 20 years later
NEW YORK (AP) — Twenty years after Matthew Shepard's death , the federal hate crimes law bearing his name is viewed with mixed feelings by LGBT and anti-violence organizations that lobbied over nearly a decade for its passage.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming has announced numerous events to mark the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death this fall.
UW President Laurie Nichols said Monday that the commemoration reflects how Shepard's death in 1998 shaped the community.
She says the university is an institution that upholds the values of inclusion and diversity.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man accused of harassing two teenage Muslim girls and then swinging a knife and attacking their father is a facing a federal hate crime charge, the Justice Department said Monday.
A federal grand jury in Nashville has indicted Christopher Beckham and charged him with violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and lying to the FBI.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is facing up to 10 years in prison for committing a hate crime against a co-worker whom he perceived as gay.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Virginia said Wednesday in a press release that a jury in Richmond convicted James William Hill III.
Authorities said Hill assaulted his co-worker at an Amazon fulfillment center. Authorities said Hill told a manager and a police officer that he dislikes gay people and that they should expect to be assaulted.
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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Nearly a decade before 21-year-old Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured and left to die in a Wyoming field, there was Gordon Ray Church.
Just like Shepard, Church was brutally killed primarily because his attackers believed he was gay.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A white man serving a three- to six-year state court sentence for beating a black man at a Pittsburgh commuter rail station during a drunken argument following a Kenny Chesney concert has agreed to plead guilty to a federal hate crime charge for the nonfatal incident, federal prosecutors and his attorney said Monday.
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming state judge who presided over part of the Matthew Shepard murder case plans to retire after this year.
In a news release Tuesday, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice E. James Burke announced District Judge Jeffrey Donnell's intent to retire, effective Jan. 2.
Gov. Matt Mead will appoint Donnell's successor from a list of three names submitted by the Judicial Nominating Commission, which will accept qualified applicants' expressions...