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Matt Foreman
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Matt Foreman is director of Gay and Immigrant Rights Programs at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in San Francisco. The Haas, Jr. Fund has been the largest non-gay foundation funder of the movement for gay and lesbian equality, making over $68 million in grants since 2000. It was the first foundation – gay or straight – to support marriage equality. The Fund is also a leading supporter of immigrant rights, both nationally and in California, investing over $40 million since 2005. Before coming to the Fund in 2008, Matt led a national, a statewide and a local gay organization - the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (2003 - 2008), the Empire State Pride Agenda (1997-2003), and the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (1990-1996). A graduate of NYU School of Law, Matt is a founder of Heritage of Pride, the organizers of New York City’s annual LGBT pride events, and a former member of the New York City Human Rights Commission. He and his partner of 24 years, Francisco De Leon, were married in California in 2008.

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A Year After Windsor: Progress and Pitfalls for Gay Rights

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 4:29 PM

On the morning of June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively outlawed federal discrimination against same-sex married couples with its decision in United States v. Windsor. The decision was the culmination of a years-long, brilliantly planned and executed strategy by the gay movement's legal organizations. It was a great...

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Investing in LGBT Leaders or Burning Them Out? The Choice Is Clear

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 1:10 PM

It is the perennial challenge facing social change movements around the world: how to create the biggest impact with limited resources. The challenge becomes even more daunting for movements in which activists and nonprofits find themselves hugely out-funded by their opponents and fighting on ever-shifting terrain.

A case...

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Celebrating The Gains Of Underdog LGBT Groups

(67) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 10:00 PM

In the days after California voters approved Proposition 8 in 2008, the measure that stripped away from gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry, people began talking about how progress had stalled, and how the organizations that were supposed to be advancing the cause of LGBT rights had become...

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