Monday, October 5, 2009

Gay Activist Malcolm Lazin Speaks OUT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson chats with Malcolm Lazin, Founder and Executive Director of Equality Forum. This is an important GLBT organization that is dedicated to getting the word out about our GLBT heritage. In October Equality Forum presents GLBT History Month which was conceived in the mid-1990’s by educators and embraced by the GLBT community. Equality Forum took over the reins of this project in 2006 and solicits Icon nominations from state, national and international executive directors and other community leaders. The criteria are GLBT persons, living or deceased, who have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavor, are a national hero or have made a significant contribution to GLBT civil rights. Every day this month a GLBT Icon is featured with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other educational resources. Among those being honored this year are Choreographer Alvin Ailey, Commentator Rachael Maddow, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Film Director Gus Van Sant, Financial Expert Suze Orman, Designers Todd Oldham and Yves. St. Laurent, singer k.d. lang and Activist Urvashi Vaid . “For a community deprived of its history, GLBT History Month teaches our heritage, provides role models, builds community, and recognizes our extraordinary national and international contributions. We think this is a hugely important project because we are the only minority community in the world that’s not taught its history at home, in public schools or in religious institutions. So online is a great way for us to teach that history.” Lazin stated.

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