Name: Matthew Dimick (Pictured above with his godson, Noah)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Occupation: Student of Theology and Social Work at Boston University
Why I Found Him at The NEM:
Matt sees the March as an important moment for the queer equality movement. He explained that it’s about “pulling the grassroots movement together, representing ourselves, and creating young activists.” Matt is one such young activist. When he heard about the National Equality March, he started getting involved with Join The Impact MA, knowing that not only was the organization doing good work, but it would help him get to DC to participate in this historic moment.
Currently, Join The Impact MA is working to maintain equality in their neighbor state, Maine. Matt has been volunteering with phone banking and trips to Maine to canvas for the No on 1 Campaign. He was one of many wearing bright red shirts for the No on 1 Campaign and he hoped that their presence and visibility at the March would help raise awareness for the important election coming up in The Pine Tree State.
What He’d Change in America:
Matt feels that a serious concern in our society is our LGBT homeless youth. He worries about how many of them might fall into drug and substance abuse. Also of concern is that there are many people out there who do not currently have access to basic medical attention.
I personally think Matt is inspiring for the kind of change that can hopefully be brought within religious communities as well as from without. Matt is a student of theology who went out of his way to stand up for equality. He told me, “It’s time for churches to stand up for human rights.” We’re lucky to have advocates like him as part of our movement.