Every once in awhile I meet someone who inspires me to be a better person and this week I wanted to highlight someone who not only continues to mold and shape the work that I do, but someone who also has had a greater influence on my brand.
Matt Abularach-Macias is an Intersectional Justice organizer from Southern California's Inland Region. He grew up in Rialto and Rancho Cucamonga and graduated from UCLA. Currently organizes on issues of climate change, renewable energy, land conservation, and clean air for the California League of Conservation Voters. Recently, I had the pleasure of marching with him and other local organizers and it was then that I said to myself, "I have to feature him."
Not only is he committed to making the place I call home equitable and accessible, but he is truly committed to grass roots activism and that is why he is this weeks Rainbow Spotlight.
Matt is also the founding President of the emerging Inland Region Equality Network to advocate for LGBTQ rights and full inclusion and has been instrumental in helping me learn what intersectional activism looks like. When asking him where he stands with everything that is going on in our country, Matt shared the following:
"Many movements have been and continue to be led and strongly supported by Queer People of Color leadership. The current resistance to Trump is no exception. Whether it's a fight for immigrant rights, refugee acceptance, Black Lives, healthcare, climate justice, and women's (including trans, femme, and non-binary folx) rights, QPOC are leading the charge. It's because all these issues are LGBTQ issues, every issue is an LGBTQ issue. However, this is not the story we see told in the resistance to Trump. While Trump has attempted to mitigate LGBTQ community fears by saying he will not rollback same-sex marriage right and federal LGBTQ worker protections, he fails to see that almost every action he has taken or abhorrent word he's said hurts the Queer Community. When he bans Muslim refugees, he's taking away the semblance of safety and protection the US provides to LGBTQ people fleeing a less safe, less accepting environment in their country of origin. When he builds a wall and threatens deportation of Undocumented Americans, he threatens the livelihood of Undocuqueers and challenges the sense of belonging of LGBTQ folks from immigrant families. When he calls and eventually repeals affordable healthcare access, he kills Queer, Positive-Queer, and Trans people who won't get the healthcare and treatments they need and deserve for survival. When he mocks people with disabilities, he is mocking Queer people with disabilities and reminds us of our bullies for those of us who grew feeling different . As a community we cannot be fooled that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not hurting, threatening, and killing LGBTQ peoples because they are not advocating to stop same-sex marriage, for they are hurting our community from every other angle. That is why Queer folks, specifically Queer People of Color are on the front lines of the resistance-our lives depend on it."
To learn more about Matt and keep up with all of the amazing work that he does, follow him here!.