Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a co-founder and board member of The Inclusive Scouting Network and currently works as the editor of QNotes, the LGBT community newspaper in Charlotte, N.C. He is the former communications and program director for Campus Pride, the leading national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create safer college environments for LGBT students.

Comer attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2004-2007 and has worked professionally as an LGBT activist, blogger and journalist.

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‘Thank you for standing up for me’

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Last week, the Boy Scouts of America took its first step in ending decades of wrongs against its own youth members, myself once included. When I was fourteen years old, I was faced with an impossible, scary and irrational choice: “If you choose to live that lifestyle, you’re choosing not to be a Boy Scout.” My dismissal from Boy Scouts was the very first time I was forced to stare down outright discrimination. It came at an all-too-young age... [ Read more → ]
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Obama: ‘Yes, our path is harder – but it leads to a better place’

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In a speech acknowledging his own shortcomings but asking voters to hang in with him, President Barack Obama on Thursday night accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for re-election as President of the United States. [ Read more → ]
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Michelle Obama asks LGBT DNC guests for election help

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- First lady Michelle Obama was an honored guest this afternoon at a Human Rights Campaign and Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund luncheon to honor LGBT elected officials. [ Read more → ]
LGBT organizers in Charlotte talk about their plans to highlight queer and youth issues during the DNC (from left: Loan Tran, Gelisa Stitt, Matt Hickson and openly lesbian Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield.

Democratic Convention attracts LGBT youth organizers

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of Democratic National Convention delegates and guests will celebrate the renomination of President Barack Obama this week as thousands more people show up to protest the national political convention. [ Read more → ]
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First Lady Michelle Obama to address LGBT DNC luncheon

Monday, September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a special luncheon presented by several national and local LGBT organizations on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
Stuart Milk came to Charlotte's local LGBT Pride festival last weekend on behalf of the president's reelection campaign.

Stuart Milk: Obama is a ‘no-brainer’ for the LGBT community

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Barack Obama's campaign has put a premium on North Carolina, a swing state that turned blue in 2008 for the first time since Jimmy Carter first ran for president in 1976. Placing the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina's largest city... [ Read more → ]
Will he or won't he? Anderson Cooper covered the Republican National Convention from afar as Hurricane Isaac bore down on New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast, but could make appearances in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic Convention to bring prominent LGBT attendees to Charlotte

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic National Convention is expected to bring 35,000 convention delegates, journalists and other guests to Charlotte next week. Among them will be big names in the LGBT community known for their work in national and regional politics and in the media. [ Read more → ]
Members of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte’s staff, board and volunteers talk about their plans for the upcoming DNC and their recent Pride Charlotte Festival, held Aug. 25-26.

Charlotte’s LGBT community prepares for Democratic Convention

Friday, August 31, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Volunteers and business owners in the LGBT community have been hard at work ensuring their visitors and guests during the week of the Democratic National Convention receive star treatment. [ Read more → ]
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Out congresswoman among speakers slated for DNC

Saturday, August 25, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Out lesbian Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is among several additional speakers expected at the Democratic National Convention announced this week by event organizers. [ Read more → ]
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Democratic convention to highlight LGBT and progressive issues

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
CHARLOTTE — Thousands of delegates, party activists, politicians and party officials will convene in Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September. With them come the dreams and aspirations of the nation. [ Read more → ]
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Ending anti-LGBT harassment will take more than a trial verdict

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Today, less than seven percent of schools offer institutional support to LGBT students, such as an LGBT student center or programs director. Eighty-seven percent of schools fail to include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies. Protection for transgender people is even lower; only six percent of schools include gender identity in their non-discrimination statements. [ Read more → ]
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