Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Social Justice Advocacy

In addition to research, education, and publication, the Unfinished Lives project assists various community initiatives to address harmful social stigma, gender and sexual discrimination, and hate crime violence across America.

In fulfillment of this mission, the Unfinished Lives project assists local, state, and national lobbying efforts; lends support to community organizers and projects; moderates and contributes to public panel discussions; provides analysis and information for television and print media; and participates in public remembrances of the victims of anti-LGBT violence.

The Unfinished Lives project has been involved with these community projects and advocacy events:


Human Rights Campaign 2007 Lobby Day for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act– Washington, D.C.

Clergy Call 2009 Invocation by Dr. Stephen SprinkleJPG

Human Rights Campaign Clergy Call for Justice and Equality 2009 for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act – Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Public remembrance of Lawrence “Larry” King – Dallas, Texas


Human Rights Campaign Faith and Fairness Town Hall Meeting – Dallas, Texas


Erase Hate Campaign at TCU – Fort Worth, Texas


Equality Texas State of the State Conference – Austin, Texas


“Hope, Not Hate” Candlelight Vigil for James Byrd and Matthew Shepard – Austin, Texas


Transgender Day of Remembrance – Fort Worth, Texas                                                                                                                                                                                  MCC_Austin_Logo_2009

MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks — Austin, Texas ncsu-glbt-center-logo North Carolina State University GLBT Center — Raleigh, NC awab_logo-small AWAB/Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists And many others….

Dr. Stephen V. Sprinkle is also an occasional contributor to The Dallas Voice

“‘How I spent my summer vacation’: Finding love in stories of hate,” by Stephen V. Sprinkle

And these are just a few newspaper and journal articles about the Unfinished Lives project:

“Lecture series aims to address gays’ role in church,” by Katie Martinez

“Byrd, Shepard killings recalled in Austin,” by Patrick George

“Honoring forgotten victims,” by John Wright

“Hundreds Gather in Dallas to Remember Slain California Gay Teenager,” by John Wright

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