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!
You’re invited to attend “Classic Cabaret,” a Northeast Los Angeles Pride event, at 3pm on October 11, which UGLA (Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance) is producing. Featured on the program will be 10 lesbian and gay composers. The event is being offered to the Northeast community at no charge, all are welcomed. The music of […]
n July 27 the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ratified a resolution removing the national restriction on openly gay leaders and employees. An important step forward. It took BSA President Robert Gates one year, after the ban was lifted on openly gay boys participating as scouts, to get the national […]
Carl Matthes: In about 50 years, LGBT folk built a tremendous network of support institutions; fought vigorously over legal matters and in the courts; became important to the political process and took on HIV/AIDS.