Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore – Artist and Troublemaker through Passion

Originally from San Francisco, American author and activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (also see, is famous for being a leading critic of assimilationist trends in gay culture nationwide, for example by opposing the exaggerated movement for gay-marriage, assuming it to distracts from more pressing issues like universal health care etc.. In the early 1990s Sycamore also called mattilda, was involved in the “AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP)“, a campaign to ultimately bring an end to AIDS by mitigating loss of health and lives. Later in the 1990s Sycamore (whole name mattilda bernstein sycamore) was, as well as some other artists, part of a group called “Fed up Queers” that held political funerals for murdered trannies and queers and protested against the corrupt police force in New York City.

Mattilda says nobody passes

After hosting the “Gay Shame” event, a protest against “gay mainstreaming” and a celebration for “traditional gay pride” in 1998, Sycamore started a career as author. The first novel “Puffing Taffy”, a mixture of autobiography and fiction, was published in 2003, followed by “So many ways to sleep badly”, a story about gay-life in San Francisco, in 2008. Meanwhile, Matt Bernstein Sycamore worked as editor for several non fictional anthologies (“Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients” in 2000, “That's Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation“ and „Dangerous Families: Queer Writing on Surviving“ in 2004 and „Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity“ in 2007). In 2008, Sycamore was listed in the Utne Readers magazine’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.“

All-rounder Mattilda Sycamore

After founding “Lostmissing”, a public postering project in January 2009, all-rounder Mattilda aka Matt Bernstein Sycamore made the short film “All That Sheltering Emptiness” with Gina Carducci in 2010. Recently, while being editor and columnist at the feminist magazine “Make/Shift”, Sycamore is working on two literary projects: a anthology called “Why are faggots so afraid of faggots” and a memoir going to be titled “The End of San Francisco”. For more information see