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Aspen Gay Ski Week Raises Funds for Local, National LGBTQ Causes

Jan 15, 2015

Matthew Shepard was a student at the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 1998, when he was beaten and left to die. Since then, a charity in his name has raised funds for efforts like hate crime legislation.
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Gay Ski Week is well underway in Aspen. The annual event features skiing, parties, comedy and film but it’s not just about fun. There’s an underlying emphasis on advocating for LGBTQ causes.

The non-profit that runs Gay Ski Week, Aspen Out, raises money for groups like the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with Robin Wood-Mason, Deputy Director of the Foundation and Kevin McManamon, President of Aspen Out.

Last year, $50,000 raised at Gay Ski Week was donated to charity.