Mattilda is a writer and activist concerned with various issues within the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
The major subjects include assimilation, gender, identity, and politics. The collection contains manuscripts, 'zines, published
articles and books, photographs and audiovisual materials.
Mattilda has been known by various names throughout her life: Matt Bernstein Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and just
Mattilda. Mattilda was the editor of her high school yearbook and its literary magazine, and has been involved with activism
for GLBT issues, AIDS, and politics. She participated with ACT UP and was the co-founder of "Gay Shame" with one other person.
She's an avid diarist and writer, and has lived in a variety of cities including New York and San Francisco. She is the author
of "The End of San Francisco" (2013), two novels "So Many Ways To Sleep Badly" (2008) and "Pulling Taffy" (2003), and the
editor of five anthologies: "Tricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About Their Clients" (2000); "That's Revolting: Queer Strategies
for Resisting Assimilation" (2004); "Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity" (2006); "Dangerous Families:
Queer Writing on Surviving" (2004); "Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification,
and the Desire to Conform" (2012).
3 cubic feet, 1 oversized flat box, 1 map folder
Copyright retained by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.