Standing Up for Equality – At 7 Years Old
February 8, 2011 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
There are many moving stories about people taking a stand for equality in the face of homophobia, but this one is particularly touching. HRC recently received a donation from a seven year-old boy named Malcolm. Malcolm sent a letter to HRC with the donation, telling us: “My name is Malcolm. I’m 7 years old. I’m sending you this money because I don’t think it’s fair that gay people are not treated equally.” Malcolm had been given $140 ($20 for every year of his life) to donate to the charity of his choice.
After hearing a radio story about the mistreatment of LGBT individuals, Malcolm decided to split his donation between HRC and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Standing up to discrimination is never easy, particularly in the face of hate-driven rhetoric like that of Arkansas school board member Clint McCance, or the anti-gay campaigns stemming from the so-called National Organization for Marriage. That’s what makes Malcolm’s act all the more commendable. Thank you, Malcolm, for supporting equality.