Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

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  1. Dr. Sprinkle,
    I think you have an excellent website kept current with accurate, informative news. Since I do not know what might be involved, may I suggest a couple of changes however?
    First: It’s probably just me, but I have a hell of a time getting where I want to go on this site. Could you redesign (i.e. “idiotproof”) the navigation part in the upper right, so when I click on something, that’s where I go?
    Second: Could you add an “email this story” feature to your articles, so I can share some of them with others while ensuring that you are credited for them?
    Thank you for your work — Cathy

    Comment by Cathy | January 6, 2009 | Reply

  2. Cathy,

    Thanks very much for your compliments and suggestions!

    The banner navigation at the upper right-hand part of the page has been a headache for us for a while. Unfortunately, we inherited the design flaw along with the rest of the site’s features when we chose WordPress as our host site. If the navigator bar at the upper right-hand part of the page gets too frustrating, try the links under the heading “Pages,” which is located in the descending columns at the right-hand side of the page. We’ve provided a link to each of our pages, and it’s much easier to use!

    Also, we’ll look into a “mail this story” feature. We’re not sure what the possibilities are, but we’ll try to find out for you. In the meantime, by clicking on the title of any given post, you will be re-directed to that post’s permalink page. After clicking on the title and arriving at the permalink page, copy the URL address in your web browser’s address field and paste it into an e-mail. It’s a few extra steps, but perhaps it will help until we’re able to add a mail-this-story apparatus.

    Thanks very much for your feedback, and for visiting our site! We’re grateful you’ve found it informative!

    All the best,
    The Unfinished Lives Project team

    Comment by unfinishedlives | January 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello,

    My brother Bob Kerr was murdered in 2003. He was a gay man. The circumstances of his death remain unknown but the investigation has not been pursued as a hate crime.

    For the past several years I have honored Bob’s memory by working against the death penalty in my home state of California.

    I would like to invite you do consider joining our coalition to recognize that vengeance and revenge in our society contribute to justice and hate crimes.

    Please contact me so that we can talk and plan further.

    Comment by Judy Kerr | July 21, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank your for your witness against the death penalty, Ms. Kerr.

      Stephen Sprinkle

      Comment by unfinishedlives | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hello,
    I currently live in Houston, but I am moving to Austin mid august to go to school. I am extremely passionate about equality considering I have been predjudiced against numerous times and was wondering if there was anything I could do to get involved! I would like to perhaps join an organization or start one of my own however i’m having some dificulty deciding which one to join
    I’m 18 and i’m going to Concordia Lutheran. I’m the very first homosexual attending this school and because of the conservative nature of the school, they put me in a private handicap dorm room all to myself.
    All the strait guys there made me feel out of place and uncomfortable. I want to join a group to keep myself educated and to be able to stand up for myself in this christian atmosphere.
    Derek Jones

    Comment by Derek Jones | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Derek, congratulations on your commitment to equality, your courage, and your faith. I teach in a seminary, and know some of the challenges you face. My seminary email is s.sprinkle@tcu.edu. I would be pleased to continue this conversation about involvement. In Austin, I hope you will look up Equality Texas and the Atticus Circle. Also look up Ryan Valentine at the Texas Freedom Network, tfn.org, and you will find a great friend there. Dr. Larry Bethune at University Baptist Church is a wonderful ally and advocate, as well as Dr. Paul Dodd, a fine gay pastoral counselor in private practice in Austin. All these people will be so happy to know you and to get you in touch with lots of good things and great opportunities.

      Steve Sprinkle
      Director of the Unfinished Lives Project

      Comment by unfinishedlives | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. As a young youth I grew up in KS. Came out in KS. Grew up in the Nazarene Church and found myself being a victim of hate and judgement for being gay. I have personally been attacked by Rev. Phelps and his churh members. The impact it made on my life carried with me for many years. Not without great cost to my health and faith. Today, I have found comfort with my faith, my HIV status and relationships. I have spent the last 10yrs working with LGBT and questioning youth so that they may not go through what I went through. Provide them resources like this…so that they know they are not alone. Helping them to understand that they need to create a safe zone for them during the “coming out” process. Thanks again!!!

    Comment by Rev. Dr. Chris Jackson | July 24, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you for your courage and your witness for equality, Rev. Dr. Jackson!

      Steve Sprinkle

      Comment by unfinishedlives | July 24, 2010 | Reply

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