Matt Foreman

Matt Foreman

At a Glance:

Matt Foreman has been a Project Contributor since July 2007, has written 15 entries and currently lives in San Francisco, CA.


Matt Foreman has been a leader in the LGBT rights movement for over 25 years and has served as Executive Director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (1990-1996), the Empire State Pride Agenda, the nation's then-largest statewide LGBT political advocacy organization (1997-2003), and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the nation's oldest and second-largest national LGBT rights organization (2003-2008). He is Program Director of a $9 million human rights program at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; his views are conveyed as an individual and not in his capacity at the Haas, Jr. Fund.

Foreman is a founder of Heritage of Pride (organizers of New York City's lesbian and gay pride events), where he originated many hallmarks of the annual celebration. He also served for many years on the board of Dignity/NY, an organization of LGBT Catholics.

He is a 1982 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was president of the Student Bar Association and a lead organizer of the 1979 national conference "Law and the Fight for Gay Rights."

Foreman is married to his partner of 20 years, Francisco De Leon. His parents reside in Ten Sleep, Wyoming.

(Photo credit: Linda Kliewer, Out and Out Productions)

Matt Foreman: Recently Filed


Innocent vs Illegal Immigrants: Let's Not Forget the '4H Club' of AIDS

Filed by Matt Foreman | April 15, 2013 | 12:00 PM | comments

In the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, the anti-gay folks divided people with the disease into moral categories. You were either "good" or "bad" based on how you contracted the disease; and gay people, of course, were on the bad side.Read More


How HRC Can Partner with the Larger Community

Filed by Matt Foreman | November 09, 2011 | 12:01 AM | comments

To many of our opponents and even to many allies, the LGBT movement is a cohesive force for change. The reality is that we are two separate movements: the Human Rights Campaign and everyone else. Read More


Proud of the LGBT Movement? You Bet!

Filed by Matt Foreman | July 03, 2011 | 8:00 AM | comments

As we celebrate the New York marriage vote and the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, it's time to take real pride in the LGBT organizations that do us proud every day of the year.Read More

TV ads aren't the answer in Maine

Filed by Matt Foreman | October 25, 2009 | 11:30 AM | comments

As the campaign in Maine enters the home stretch, our skeevy opponents have unleashed yet another ad claiming that unless marriage equality is overturned, same-sex marriage will be "pushed" on elementary school children. Our side has responded with calm, rebutting...Read More

Prop 8 Ours to Lose? Nope - It Was Always an Uphill climb.

Filed by Matt Foreman | January 22, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

A lot of people have been saying that Prop 8 was our side's to lose and that missteps by the No on 8 Campaign snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Those analyses ignore hard core obstacles and fundamentals underlying...Read More