Tede Matthews was a longtime member of the Modern Times Bookstore collective, an impresario, a poet and an activist for LGBT
rights in the United States and Latin America. He died of AIDS in 1993. The Tede Matthews Oral History Project was conceived
of as a memorial to Tede. The collection includes flyers, poetry, audiotapes of memorials for Matthews, poetry readings and
Tede Matthews (July 29, 1951-July 17, 1993) was a longtime member of the Modern Times Bookstore collective, an impresario,
a poet and an activist for LGBT rights in the United States and Latin America. Matthews started Modern Times’ monthly open
reading for LGBT writers and created the store’s Spanish language section. He also hosted Mainstream Exiles, a salon for poets
and musicians at the Valencia Rose.
Matthews grew up working class in Florida and moved to Boston to avoid arrest for dodging the draft. He moved to San Francisco
in the early 1970s. Matthews helped found Bay Area Gay Liberation in the 1970s, Lesbians and Gays Against Intervention in
the 1980s and worked with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Latin American programs in the 1990s.
According to his obituary, Matthews “built bridges between movements, and he gave all he had to the causes he believed in.”
He died of AIDS in July 1993. (See his Bay Area Reporter obituary for more information: (http://obit.glbthistory.org/olo/imagedb/1993/07/29/19930729_Matthews_Tede/m19930729_0.jpg)
1 box, 2 oversize boxes (1.8 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by a grant from the National Historical
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