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GOAL IS TO EQUIP ONE MILLION PEOPLE WITH TOOLS TO RAISE THEIR VOICES AND USE THEIR TALENTS TO ERASE HATE

Denver , CO - Denver , CO - In observance of the  ten years since the murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, the Matthew Shepard Foundation launched an aggressive anti-hate campaign aimed at creating a movement of people working to lessen the impact of hate in society. Realizing the importance of this 10th year observance, Judy Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, launched the ‘Campaign to Erase Hate’ by asking the crowd of more than 500 people to raise themselves to the power of ten and join with her in helping the Foundation fulfill its mission of erasing hate. 

The overall goal of this new campaign is to equip individuals with the necessary tools to discuss and address hate in our society. These tools include personal webpages, resources on dealing with hateful speech and actions, monthly correspondence and most importantly, a way to invite ten others to join. 
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"Another beautiful life is lost yet another family experiences the great loss of a loved one from a senseless act of violence and it is another tragic loss to the GLBT community.  We wish to send our deepest sympathies to Angie’s family and friends, and hope they know how much everyone supports them."
-Judy Shepard

Community Rallies in Response to Anti-Transgender Murder

Denver, CO - On Thursday, July 17, Angie Zapata, an 18-year old Latina transgender woman was found murdered in her home in Greeley, CO. It appears that there may be anti-transgender motive in this brutal crime.
 
It is believed that the suspect has stolen Angie's sister's car, a very dark forest green 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser with the Colorado license plate number 441ORN. There is a hubcap missing on the front passenger-side tire and there is paint missing on the front bumper on the driver-side, under the headlight. Anyone with information about the car is asked to call the Greeley police through the communications center, 970-350-9600.
 
"We want to get the whole community involved to find this person who hurt my sister and to let everyone be aware that all she wanted was to be beautiful. We want this violence to end. Transgender people deserve to be treated with respect," said Angie's sister Monica.
 
The family appreciates community support but has requested that all media contacts be directed to the Colorado Anti-Violence Program. The family encourages community attendance at Angie Zapata's service this evening with visitation from 6-7 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Healing Place, 17801 E. 160th Ave. (Bridge Street), Brighton.  In addition, community members may support the family by making contributions to Angie Zapata's memorial fund. Contributions may be made at Academy Bank in Wal-Mart, 60 W. Bromley Lane, Brighton or checks made payable to Monica Murquia may be mailed to CAVP at P.O. Box 181085, Denver, CO 80218. 
 
Community organizations have pulled together to both support the victim's family after this shocking attack and respond to a community reeling from the brutality of the hate crime.  Hate or bias related crimes, such as physical assault, hate speech or vandalism, are crimes that are motivated by hostile feelings against an identifiable social group. 
 
"Hate crimes differ from other crimes motivated by economic gain or personal animosity.  They are message crimes that are meant to instill fear and a sense of vulnerability in an entire group, in this case the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community," said Crystal Middlestadt, Director of Training and Education of the  Colorado Anti Violence Program (CAVP).

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HABBO JOINS FORCES WITH THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION TO "ERASE HATE" AMONG TEENS

New Partnership Will Provide an Opportunity to Teach Teens about Dignity and Respect
 
Los Angeles (June 30, 2008) Habbo, the largest global virtual community for teens, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting understanding, compassion and acceptance among young people, announced today that they have entered into a new relationship in an effort to educate online users about dignity and respect. The Foundation, through its “Erase Hate” project, will host an ongoing series of conversations among users in the Habbo.com InfoBus.
 
Starting July 7, the Matthew Shepard Foundation staff will lead discussions twice a week in Habbo.com’s InfoBus, which is a virtual room designed as the inside of a high-end bus. Users gather in the InfoBus to discuss issues of concern among young people in a safe environment. Topics will include how to deal with bullying, discrimination and hate experienced on and offline and how to encourage respect among peers.
 
“The Matthew Shepard Foundation is exceptionally qualified to provide support to our users as they navigate their difficult teen years,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, EVP, marketing, ad sales and business development, Sulake Corporation and president, North America, Sulake Inc. “The InfoBus has always been a popular resource for our teen community and we know they will take advantage of this opportunity to share their experiences and learn new tools to foster acceptance and compassion.”
   
There are currently Habbo communities in 32 countries on six continents. To date, more than 100 million Habbo characters have been created globally and 9.5 million unique users worldwide visit Habbo each month (source: ComScore). 
 

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 COORS BREWING COMPANY BECOMES THE FIRST CORPORATION TO SUPPORT THE MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION’S NEW CAMPAIGN TO ERASE HATE

A matching gift of $25,000 encourages individuals to give their time and funds to erasing hate in our society.

Denver , CO Coors Brewing Company was the first corporation to respond to a  public call by Judy Shepard to join her in her commitment to ensure dealing with hate is a top priority in our schools and workplaces.  Coors, a national sponsor of the Foundation, will match 100% of the first $25,000 in individual’s donations through the Campaign to Erase Hate website.

Shepard launched the ‘Campaign to Erase Hate’ at a the organization’s recent annual gala by asking the crowd of more than 500 people to join her in helping the Foundation fulfill its mission of erasing hate. 

“Coors takes great pride in being a partner with an organization with such a powerful and important message.” Said Doug Sanborn, Manager, Corporate Relations. “We wanted to help the Foundation engage more people in this important campaign as well as help provide the crucial funds it takes to fulfill such a movement. Coors is dedicated to its on going partnership with the mission of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.”

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'ERASE HATE PENDANT' USED TO EXPRESS COMMITMENT DURING THE LOVE AND PRIDE'S "VOW TO VOTE NO" EVENT

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GAY COUPLES IN WEST HOLLYWOOD VOW TO SAVE MARRIAGE RIGHTS - By LAURA E. DAVIS - Associated Press Writer

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Just weeks after winning the right to marry, dozens of same-sex couples took part in a symbolic commitment ceremony in West Hollywood.

But Wednesday night's event wasn't just a celebration of love and a court victory. It also was a vow to keep fighting, because a ballot measure in November could take away what was won.

"I take nothing for granted," said Sonora Chase, 35, who participated in the event with her partner Dasha Snyder, 37. The couple plans to marry in the coming months, but say they are proceeding knowing their union could be invalidated if the measure passes.

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