2012 National Leadership Award
Matt has spent his adult life working for gay rights, as a volunteer, as executive director of a local, statewide and national LGBT organization and, most recently, as director of one of the most gay-supportive foundations in the nation.
During his tenure at the Task Force from 2003 to 2008, the organization's budget and staff doubled, to over $10 million and over 50, respectively, and he became the country's most frequently-quoted gay leader. In 2004, he led efforts to insure the Winter Party Festival and Miami Recognition Dinner stayed in community hands and continued to generate financial support to Miami-Dade LGBT organizations.
While he was Executive Director at the Empire State Pride Agenda from 1997 to 2003, New York enacted a gay-inclusive civil rights law and a hate crimes law, repealed its consensual sodomy law and appropriated $12 million specifically for LGBT (non-HIV) health and human services.
Matt also co-founded Heritage of Pride, organizers of New York City's lesbian and gay pride events, and built the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project into the nation's leading LGBT crime victim assistance agency.