Most of this is copied from the JustUsBoys.com web site:
The JustUsBoys website recently made headlines when Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, posted on the website’s message boards asking for advice in the final hours leading up to his tragic suicide…
The outpouring from the public regarding the kind of role a gay community plays in helping to avert isolation of gay youth was not lost on the owner of JustUsBoys who wanted to find a way to do more than provide a safe place to talk. Twelve years ago today, on October 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard left the Fireside Lounge in Laramie, Wyoming with two men who plotted to intentionally target and rob a gay man. Matthew was beaten, robbed, tied to a fence and left to die…
Since Matthew’s senseless death, countless more young gay men and women have been the victims of violent crime and harassment simply because they were different. Many hate crimes go unreported, and the bullying and harassment doesn’t stop. JustUsBoys provides a community and forum where young gay and questioning men can talk about their issues, fears, and day-to-day experiences living in a world that often lets vulnerable citizens slip through the cracks…
JustUsBoys is seeking to raise funds and awareness for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an organization created by Matthew’s family to raise awareness and promote human dignity for everyone by engaging school, corporations and individuals. Our goal at JUB is to raise $10,000 for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, then match those donations with a corporate donation of another $10,000.
Please join our pledge drive at www.justusboys.com/pledgedrive… please remember to put “JustUsBoys.com” in the comments box for us to track. We will match all donations received between now and November 30, 2010 up to $10,000.00.
Foundation page for donations: (does NOT go to the JustUsBoys site)