Welcome Matty Beard (LGSW/MSW), our new Case Manager & Advocacy Specialist to the DC Center! Matty (they/them preferred) looks forward to being in person and connecting with the community. You can currently connect with Matty at the DC Center on Monday – Wednesday & Friday from 12-6pm. Matty is looking forward to working with the DC Anti-Violence Project (DCAVP) and being part of a team of beautiful, awesome queer people doing amazing things for the community.
Birthdate, Astro Sign
April 29th, 1992
Taurus Sun | Aries Moon | Libra Rising
Where are you originally from?
Why did you start working at the DC Center?
Ultimately, to give back to the community and city that raised me and supported me when I needed it most. I come to the DC Center and community we serve with an emphasis in abolition, harm-reduction and dismantling of white supremacy. I will be working closely with individuals and groups who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, especially those underserved, living with insecurities such as food, housing, substance abuse disorder/behavioral health needs, who regularly must interface with institutional systems of oppression. The process of navigating social services can often be (re)traumatizing and intentionally soul-crushing by design. Seeking help requires a lot of strength and resiliency as well as often requiring a person working within be that connection in gaining security.
As part of my role I will be:
- available to the members of our community. In-person & online. I am here to listen and can be reached at email@example.com, or feel free to drop in anytime between 12-6pm M-W, F.
- a knowledgeable resource for people. There are often a plethora of resources in the form of assistance, support, funding and events that go unnoticed and underutilized.
- active and responsive to the changing needs of the individuals and communities we serve. I will advocate and work with community members to create opportunities for their stories to be heard. Also, providing critical education for people work with our community in dismantling professionalism, the importance of identity/gender-affirming care and work in anti-racism/decolonization.
What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?
Joining the team in the years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a humbling reminder of how important community centers are. Just the ability to offer a consistent space for LGBTQ+ people has reminded me what pride personally feels like. Being available to talk with people in our community has already been incredibly rewarding.
What is your music anthem?
Gloria by Laura Branigan
What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?
How my identity as a queer, non-binary has changed and evolved over time and my relationship to the community has as well. It often feels like what I’ve sought and needed the most from the community is adaptive and changes very fluidly. I feel lucky to have that in a community.
What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?
DuPont. Either hanging in the circle or walking down 17th between S & P St. This is something I’ve always done but have more appreciation for how connected it makes me feel as I have gotten older. I love seeing older queer people, especially couples. It feels like a good reminder of how much I have already lived but also how much is still ahead.
What is your favorite queer movie?
What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?
I’m color-blind so probably not the best person to consult on a paint job.
Who do you look up to in the queer community?
Our elders. I think queerness gets recontextualized every generation but there is so much that we can universally gain from looking up to older queer folks. I have a wealth of respect and admiration for those who came before and I feel lucky enough to have older community members that remind me regularly the importance of shared connection, and in the end, what really matters to me.