Carl Matthes

carl matthesCarl Matthes is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in Eagle Rock for 48 years. He is the current president of UGLA, Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance, a grassroots organization in Northeast Los Angeles which provides a support system for gay men and lesbians and education for individuals and the community-at-large on the true nature of homosexuality. He is a former columnist and a current advisor to the Lesbian News, the oldest lesbian publication in America, which is owned and published by his sister, Ella. He was editor of the GLAAD/LA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) newsletter, a former GLAAD National Board member and served as a GLAAD/LA representative on the LGBT/LAPD Advisory Board. Carl has also been a Board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The Roots of Hate: Shoot the Sodomites

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Carl Matthes: Is it any surprise, then, that Attorney McLaughlin feels it’s quite okay to write an initiative to kill gay people when a member of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is making pronouncements that being gay is tantamount to being a murderer and child molester?

Obama’s Selma Speech Includes Gays

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Carl Matthes: It was President Obama’s firm support that helped propel gay rights to the stage-center as LBJ, using the assassination of JFK and his Southern heritage, brought the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the national center stage.

LGBT Folk Look to 2015

LGBT Predictions for 2015

Carl Mathes: I predict that Pope Francis will continue to challenge all in the Catholic Church to accept his view “that homosexuals have gifts to offer the Church,” repeating Catholic teaching that “every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.”

Justice Scalia: Gay Marriage “Inevitable”

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Carl Matthes: Scalia’s gauntlet throw-down was immediately accepted by Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBT advocate, who pledged to “bring marriage equality to all 50 states within five years.”

Standing Against the Religious Right

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Carl Matthes: The fight to advance and protect voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, women’s health and the right to choose, immigration rights, and lgbt rights, is intensifying.

Brave Gay Youth

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Carl Matthes: During a 2012 legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers were unable to pass a measure, authored by Ragan, banning elementary and middle school teachers from discussing sexual activity that was not “related to natural human reproduction,” i.e., the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

It’s June! Pride Is Bustin’ Out All Over

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Carl Matthes: With the Supreme Court serving as the “800-pound gorilla in the room,” over 200 LGBT Pride events – from Maine to California and Alaska to Florida – will take place. And, 2013 is not without it’s controversy.

The Ascendancy of Women

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Carl Matthes: Since 1922, only 44 women have served as Senators. Today, in the United States Senate, the “world’s greatest deliberative body,” there are now twenty female Senators, the most ever serving at one time. While women total over 50% percent of the population, only 20% of Senators are female.

UGLA: 30 Years of Grassroot’s Activism

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Carl Matthes: UGLA members, in addition to being long-term members and officers of NEDC, have been part of the successful visibility and national coming-out campaign the LGBT community instituted since the early ‘80s.