This is a weekly newsletter to put a face to the staff at the DC Center. Every week we will be featuring a staff member. This week, meet Matt! Matt is our social Development Intern here at the center. Primarily Matt works with fundraising for The DC Center but during his time here he has been concentrating on raising money for the OutWrite book festival and Center Arts.
What is your music anthem?
Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks is a goddess!
What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?
I really love how diverse the community is. Coming from a boarding school where I was the only openly gay student, the DC queer community has allowed me to meet so many strong and unique individuals that I have been able to learn from.
What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?
The back of the Lincoln Memorial facing Arlington Memorial Bridge. I could spend all night watching the cars leave the city and watching JFK’s eternal flame. For anyone interested it’s a great place to cry and not be seen as well make out with someone.
What do you think the LGBTQ+ community needs to improve on?
We need to have a greater acceptance of body types.
What is your favorite Queer movie?
Blue is the Warmest Color. I love how it accurately depicts the failing of what seems like a perfect relationship.
What has been your favorite moment while working in The DC Center?
I definitely would say walking in the Pride Parade for the first time.
What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?
What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?
I want to make it glass so I can see that rat of a president running around his cage.
Who do you most look up to in the queer community?
Harvey Milk. He was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. He showed great tenacity by continuing to run for office after his many failed attempts.