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Seven-year-old benefactor supports LGBT equality

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
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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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