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Equality Forum Showcases Three Inspiring Stories of Hope on Comcast’s Xfinity LGBT Film & TV On Demand Collection 

Equality Forum Produced Documentaries:  “Saint of 9/11”, “JIM IN BOLD” and “Gay Pioneers” Available Now on Xfinity On Demand and Online

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Equality Forum, coordinator of LGBT History Month, as well as a producer of documentary films and convener of the international LGBT civil rights summit held annually in Philadelphia, today announced that all three of its award-winning documentaries will be available on Xfinity On Demand in the LGBT Film & TV Collection in celebration of LGBT History Month. 

The three award-winning documentaries produced by Equality Forum share the stories of courageous LGBT individuals, including:

  • “Saint of 9/11” - Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, “Saint of 9/11” chronicles the remarkable life and death of Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain of the New York Fire Department—the first official victim of 9/11. Since its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, “Saint of 9/11” has received international acclaim and has been featured on ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson,” CNN, PBS and C-SPAN.
  • “Gay Pioneers” - A compelling documentary, “Gay Pioneers” presents the story of the start of the LGBT civil rights movement at Independence Hall. Coproduced with PBS affiliate WHYY, this enduring film braids interviews with Frank Kameny, Barbara Gittings and other early activists with archival footage and FBI investigative reports.
  • “JIM IN BOLD” - About the life cut short of young gay artist and poet Jim Wheeler, “JIM IN BOLD” is the leading film about the impact of homophobia on LGBTQ youth. This inspirational film has won multiple awards and has been screened worldwide.

“We are so pleased that these important and inspiring stories are being made available to Xfinity Video customers in its LGBT Film & TV Collection,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s Executive Director, the nation’s leading organization on LGBT history. 

The Xfinity LGBT Film & TV on demand collection is a uniquely curated destination of over 500+ LGBT-centric storylines and characters and part of Comcast commitment to bringing diverse viewing opportunities to all of its customers.   All of the content is also available online at:

arlier this month, Equality Forum launched LGBT History Month by releasing a list of 31 LGBT Icons, living or dead, national and international who were selected for achievements in their field of endeavor; for their status as a national hero; or for their significant contribution to LGBT civil rights. Equality Forum solicits nominations from the public.  Nationally prominent professors Lillian Faderman and Paul Farber, 2016 LGBT History Month Co-chairs review all nominations and recommend the annual Icons.

A former President of the United States joins cultural Icon David Bowie and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, as part of the 31 Icons to be celebrated during October’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month 2016. A full list of this year’s 31 LGBT History Month Icons, as well as relevant source materials and a searchable database of all Icons since 2006 can be accessed via the official LGBT History Month website (

Equality Forum is currently accepting nominations for LGBT History Month 2017.  The deadline to nominate an Icon for next year’s LGBT History Month is Friday, December 9th, 2016.  You can submit your nomination online, here.

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About the Equality Forum

Equality Forum coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and presents the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.  

Equality Forum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights with an educational focus.  For more information on the Equality Forum, please visit:


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