Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine

Documentary and Live Interactive Webchat
JUNE 14, 2016, 4 p.m. (ore 16)
Free and Open to the Public
American Corner Trieste / Associazione Italo Americana FVG
Piazza Sant'Antonio 6

MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE. Documentary and WebChat with the U.S. Department of State - Washington D.C. for LGBT Month. 

The Progress of Price:  Using policy, advocacy and storytelling to advance LGBTI rights.
Live conference with: 
 Randy Berry, U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, 
Judy Shepard – Matt’s mother, Michele Josue – Film Maker.  Moderated by Karoline Steckley. 

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine is a film that tells the story of the 1998 murder of college student Matthew Shepard and how it sparked a national dialogue on gay rights in the United States. Since that time, legal protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have been put into place not only in America, but around the world.

“Promoting the human rights of all persons, everywhere, including LGBTI persons” is a U.S. foreign policy priority, but also “the right thing to do,” says U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry.

Thirty-six countries prohibit hate crimes based on sexual orientation. But in many other countries, people can be jailed or even killed because of their sexual orientation or activity. Clearly, there is still work to be done to protect the basic human rights of LGBTI people.

Join Berry on Tuesday, June 14,  to discuss ways to promote tolerance and develop policies to stop hate crimes.

Judy Shepard — Matthew’s mother and founding president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation — Friend of Mine filmmaker Michele Josue and moderator Mark Bromley, of the Council for Global Equality will join Berry.

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