The horrific events that took place shortly after midnight on October 7, 1998 was not just a crime against the young man in question or even against gay men, it was a crime against the heart and soul of those who believe that love and truth has value, that believe their children and loved ones are to be treasured, and against the ideas that life has value.
The life and death of Matthew Shepard changed the way we talk about, and deal with, hate in America. Since his death, Matt’s legacy has challenged and inspired millions of individuals to erase hate in all its forms. Although Matt’s life was short, his story continues to have a great impact on young and old alike. His legacy lives on in thousands of people like you who actively fight to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance. (http://www.matthewshepard.org/our-story)
In support of all the Matthew Shepard Foundation does I wanted to showcase a beautiful funding program they have through Love and Pride. Stop by and check out all they offer and support.
Matthew Shepard Pendants: Understanding. Compassion. Acceptance. Words to live by. The Erase Hate pendants are stunning symbols of hope for a world that is truly diverse and tolerant. These circular pendants – designed by Udi Behr exclusively for the Matthew Shepard Foundation – are a unique way to spread a very important message: Erase Hate. We donate 100% of net proceeds from the sale of this collection to the Matthew Shepard Foundation — to support diversity programs in education and to help youth organizations establish environments where young people can feel safe and be themselves. Whether you select a classic titanium or new silver pendant, or an 18k gold limited Decade Edition style – express yourself and your support.
* Note: I get NO kick-back for this but I do believe in what they do and stand for!