Carl Matthes: I don’t know of a single LGBT person who argues that Christians should undergo aversion therapy to cure them of their Christianity. However, some well-meaning devout Christian folk, don’t yet understand that you can’t pray the spots off of a leopard.
Carl Matthes: The very conservative religious right-wing, regardless of whether it’s vast or conspiratorial, is now the operating political force behind the man who would be president.
Carl Matthes: Founded in 1984 at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles by teacher and counselor Dr. Virginia Uribe, Project 10 has provided education and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning (LGBTQ) students, and other sexual minority youth.
Carl Matthes: We know that in America today, too many have not yet learned that hate, fear of others and discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation is not conquered from the barrel of a gun.
Carl Matthes: President Obama is a key figure battling for the civil rights of transgender students in public schools with his administration issuing federal guidelines.
Carl Matthes: Armed with a phone, and quick thumbs, the Donald has created 2016’s most potent weapon. Now, “Journalistic scrutiny” means searching for anything the Donald has contrived and broadcasting it unquestioned and raw.
Carl Matthes: Like early on for gay men and lesbians, the ways that transgender people are talked about in popular culture, academia and science are constantly changing, particularly as individuals’ awareness, knowledge and openness about transgender people and their experiences grow.
Carl Matthes: Questions relating to presidential candidates releasing their tax returns do not go away like “water off a duck’s back.”
Carl Matthes: Any political party adopting a platform which demeans or discriminates against LGBT folk or supports or advances legislation to amend the Constitution to abridge our rights, needs to be challenged.
Carl Matthes: Donald Trump would “have the guts” to drop an atom bomb according to Bobby Knight, former coach of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team who recently endorsed him for president.
Carl Matthes: While the biggest issues of recent debates have been the size of candidate’s hands and whose pants are on fire, hardly mentioned, in many of the debates, are LGBT issues.
Carl Matthes: She was asked point blank if she was sure that she really saw the Pope and not his secretary. Yes, it was the Pope. He was dressed in white, had on a beanie and spoke American. She was surprised by that because she thought he would speak Argentinian.
Carl Matthes: When I was about 20, I played the Variations at a concert at a Los Feliz Catholic Church here in Los Angeles. In the audience was my mother who overheard a Catholic priest whisper to his companion, “that boy has a troubled soul!