NGLTF Executive Director Kerry Lobel said:

"The death of Matthew Shepard is tragic, but it does not have to be in vain. We take solace in the fact that most Americans are outraged by this vicious and hateful attack. We now ask these same Americans to help us stop the anti-gay legislative and public relations attacks that have been so prevalent these past few months. These campaigns to change gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are so clearly not about compassion - they foster fear, misunderstanding, and intolerance. They foster an atmosphere of hostility that can lead to hate attacks such as the one against Matthew Shepard. We ask all Americans to support hate crimes legislation and to speak out against the right wing's campaign to change gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people."