Malcolm Lazin, Executive Producer
Malcolm Lazin is the founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum. Equality Forum presents the largest annual regional, national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights forum. Malcolm served as the volunteer Board Co-Chair from 1993 to 1998. He was unanimously elected Executive Director in 1999.
Malcolm is the Executive Producer of JIM IN BOLD, an award winning documentary about the impact of homophobia on GLBTQ youth. Since its premiere in May 2003, JIM IN BOLD (www.jiminbold.com) has been screened in over 30 film festivals on three continents and viewed in every state in the nation. It has been sent without charge to 2,000 high school and college GSAs.
JIM IN BOLD was screened at the annual meeting of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American College Personnel Association has created a JIM IN BOLD Facilitator Guide for collegiate diversity training.
Malcolm conceived the idea to undertake a documentary about the Gay Pioneers. He initiated the co-production with WHYY/PBS; recommended Glenn Holsten as the Director; oversaw fundraising and provided oversight. Equality Forum is responsible for the promotion and distribution of Gay Pioneers.
Malcolm is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Boston University School of Law. He served in the US Attorneys Office in Philadelphia, where he headed federal grand jury investigations of white-collar crime and official corruption. He received the Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award, the highest award of the US Department of Justice.
Malcolm served as the Chair, Pennsylvania Crime Commission, an agency that investigated organized crime.
Malcolm was a litigation partner in a Philadelphia law firm. Thereafter he was the President of the Penns Landing Development Corporation, which specialized in redevelopment of urban waterfronts for entertainment and other public uses.
Malcolm was the Chair, Philadelphia Waterfront Developers Council. He conceived the idea to light the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. He helped to organize a bi-state committee and served as the fundraising co-chair.
Malcolm has received numerous GLBT and mainstream regional and national awards for public service.
In his fifth year as the Executive Director, Malcolm works to create understanding about homophobia and its multifaceted impact on individuals, families and society.