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Seven-year-old benefactor supports LGBT equality

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Malcolm

“I am sending you this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.”

That note, accompanied by a donation of $70, was received by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, and signed by Malcolm — a 7 year-old-boy.

Malcolm’s donation and note were accompanied by another note from his mother, which read:

“To teach the importance of improving the world around him, Malcolm was given $140 to give away to the charity of his choice.

“After hearing a story on the radio about the mistreatment of gays and lesbians, Malcolm became both upset and curious about the issue…to help, he chose to split his money between the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.”

Lorrie L. Jean, CEO of the Center, calls Malcolm the Center’s “little champion.”

Malcolm's letter

“Malcolm’s gift gave me so much hope for our future,” Jean said. “A hope that when his generation reaches adulthood, all of the homophobia, discrimination, and abuse we in the LGBT community face today will no longer exist.”

Jean said that Malcolm’s mother gave the center permission to share his story, and challenged the Center to raise an additional $27,000 in his name.

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center provides a broad array of services for the LGBT community, including a special care clinic that offers free and low-cost health, mental health, HIV/AIDS medical care and HIV/STD testing and prevention.

The Center also offers legal, social, cultural, and educational services, with programs for seniors, families and youth, including a 24-bed transitional living program for homeless youth.

For information on donating to the center, click here.

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65 more reader comments:

  1. Awww. <3 What a sweet little boy.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:42pm
  2. Awww. <3 What a sweet little boy.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:42pm
  3. Aaaaaw thanks Malcolm! :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:43pm
  4. Aww! :) <3 this is adorable!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:44pm
  5. Awwh this is absolutely adorable, I’m glad even the youngest of the newer generation see that there is nothing wrong with behing homosexual or bisexual. I wish that the rest of the world could be just like him.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:44pm
  6. Finally some Smart Parents <33333

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:44pm
  7. Finally some Smart Parents <33333

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:44pm
  8. Thanks Malcolm :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  9. Awesome! I need some good news, man.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  10. Thank You Malcolm!!!

    Now the people in L.A. should use his money and more to show pride we have in people like him!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  11. What a sweet heart….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  12. More people need to be like this smart little hero! Let’s hope our children can be as understanding as this little boy and we can make a change.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  13. More people need to be like this smart little hero! Let’s hope our children can be as understanding as this little boy and we can make a change.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  14. awwww he is tooo cute! i wish every adult could be like him! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  15. awwww he is tooo cute! i wish every adult could be like him! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  16. Yay! Go new generation!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:47pm
  17. this is a prime example of exactly the sort of behavior that we need a lot more of. Thanks Malcolm!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:48pm
  18. It really brings a tear to my eye a 7 year old boy is more down to earth and smarter then most republicans treating us like 2nd class citizens and trying to take what little rights we have away. I hope his parents are proud of this boy I know I am!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:49pm
  19. let me get this right: a whole group of fuckin adults r sayin ‘homosexuality is a sin’, ‘they shouldnt b treated as equals’, and ‘marriage is between man and woman’…and yet this little boy whose probably just losin his baby teeth is sayin ‘i dont think its fair that gay people r not treated equally’?
    …a FAIL for american adults, and a WIN for american youths!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:49pm
  20. let me get this right: a whole group of fuckin adults r sayin ‘homosexuality is a sin’, ‘they shouldnt b treated as equals’, and ‘marriage is between man and woman’…and yet this little boy whose probably just losin his baby teeth is sayin ‘i dont think its fair that gay people r not treated equally’?
    …a FAIL for american adults, and a WIN for american youths!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:49pm
  21. I didn’t mean all this madness was done just by republicans there are some democrats out there too who feel the same way. Personally I liked to call them idiots I don’t care which party they are affiliated with there are bigger problems in the world and human rights shouldn’t be something that has to be agreed on.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:52pm
  22. I didn’t mean all this madness was done just by republicans there are some democrats out there too who feel the same way. Personally I liked to call them idiots I don’t care which party they are affiliated with there are bigger problems in the world and human rights shouldn’t be something that has to be agreed on.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:52pm
  23. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to find this mindset…thank you, Malcom!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:52pm
  24. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to find this mindset…thank you, Malcom!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:52pm
  25. Aww, that was nice of him. At least someone cares for our community. ^-^

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:53pm
  26. That’s adorable! He didn’t have to give money in order to support LGBT, but wow it’s greatly appreciated. So sweet!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:56pm
  27. That’s adorable! He didn’t have to give money in order to support LGBT, but wow it’s greatly appreciated. So sweet!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:56pm
  28. too cute!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:00pm
  29. his parents must be proud… more parents need to raise their children to be excepting of ALL people

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:01pm
  30. Even a child knows …

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:03pm
  31. way to go lil dude, thats awesome that u did that and im sure a lot of us are saying thank you big time

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:04pm
  32. Even a seven year old sees..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:18pm
  33. So sweet.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:19pm
  34. That is just too sweet. How awesome.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:20pm
  35. holy cow, when i was seven 10$ was so much money to me, that kid made my day

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:26pm
  36. Nice. :D

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:34pm
  37. That is one awesome kid, his parents must be so proud of him. That was a kind and generous donation that Malcom did for the community. It seems the younger generation are giving a damn, more than the older, older generation does.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:36pm
  38. adorable

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:42pm
  39. Aww this is so cute and awesome! :) its so awesome that a little boy supports our community…that little boy is a hero and a example of how a human should think and be :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:43pm
  40. Awesome!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:49pm
  41. Sheesh, seven year-olds are having more sense at acceptance than people 10 times his age

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 8:57pm
  42. Awww! What a little sweet heart! He’s got a good head on his shoulders!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 9:06pm
  43. There needs to be more people like Malcolm. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 9:26pm
  44. this is amazing. :]

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 9:59pm
  45. Awwww, thats so amazing, gezz what the kids have to go throu in there everyday life, so much hate, and all they want is loveee, just like mommy and daddy have

    Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 11:47pm
  46. If a 7 year old can get it, why doesn’t everyone else?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 12:40am
  47. our future. it gives me hope

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 5:01am
  48. Way to go, Malcolm!! You give me hope for the future of this little ball we call home <3

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 7:16am
  49. Finally, a child raised right. Go parents and go child!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 8:52am
  50. Awww, that is just… well I don’t have the words to say how thoughtful and sweet that is.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:01am
  51. Awww. God loves this kid.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:21am
  52. What a great kid…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 9:29am
  53. So thoughtful, I am so proud of him

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:13am
  54. Kids like this will shape a better world.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11:04am
  55. He has a great and big heart

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 11:44am
  56. Sweet, sweet little boy! <3

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 1:19pm
  57. He’s gonna grow up to be a wonderful man

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 2:20pm
  58. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW^.^

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 3:32pm
  59. Malcolm gets my vote for Awesomest Kid of the Year. Plus, he has fabulous taste in zip-up sweaters.

    Here’s hoping the rest of America (and the world) soon catches up to the fine example he has set…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 7:51pm
  60. This makes me believe that when his generation comes to lead our world the struggle for our rights will be over and we will be considered the same as everyone else.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 8:07pm
  61. great kid, with obviously supportive parents.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 10:11pm
  62. How many of you are going to try and molest this kid now.

    Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:10pm
  63. thanks buddy you made me happier then expected you truly mean so much to our LGBT community with the help and support of your kind.

    Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:42am
  64. Nice Malcom, very nice, thank you. At dinner one night my nephew asked what gay meant. My brother explained that some men love other men and some women love other women. He thought about this for a bit and stated “maybe boys should kiss boys and girls kiss girls”. I asked him why he thought this and he said “they have the same germs”. Kids are great people.

    Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 10:19am
  65. What a fine young man and citizen he is. It gives me hope in our future generations. Finally we all understand that backward ideologies will die out with the old dynosaurs who have run the world until now. May they die as peacefully, as peaceful as the next generations want the world to be. Hate is highly overrated.

    Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:34pm