Sending Office: Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Cosponsor a resolution “Remembering the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death and expressing Congress’s continued support for the prevention of hate crimes and the advancement of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
and queer Americans.”
Endorsements: Matthew Shepard Foundation, National Center for Transgender Equality, Human Rights Campaign
Cosponsors: Sean Patrick Maloney, Takano, Crowley, Pocan, Lowenthal, Barbara Lee, Deutch, Espaillat, Norton, Frederica Wilson, Soto, Gallego, Gutierrez, Lujan Grisham, Wasserman Schultz, Titus, Cárdenas, Kennedy, Vargas, Carolyn Maloney, and Hank Johnson
October 12, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, who was targeted and brutally attacked because of his sexual orientation. His murder was a shock to our nation, and brought Americans’ attention to the discrimination and threats
that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face on a daily basis in our country.
In the two decades since Matthew’s death, dedicated LGBTQ and allied activists and policy makers have made tremendous progress towards creating a safer and more inclusive country for people of minority sexual orientations and gender identities. The work
of many of these activists led to the 111th Congress’s bipartisan passage of an historic federal hate crime law, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Nonetheless, our country and we, as policy makers, still have work to do to ensure LGBTQ Americans can enjoy safe schools, workplaces, and communities.
On this anniversary, please join me in cosponsoring this resolution and recognizing the work of these tremendous advocates who have made our country a safer America for all and affirming Congress’s support for hate crime laws and inclusive policy.
See full text here.
To become an original cosponsor of the Remembering Matthew Shepard Resolution, please contact
Chris.Cunningham@mail.house.gov in Rep. Esty’s office (5-4476).
Elizabeth H. Esty
Member of Congress
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