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Crane, Malcolm Francis

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Crane, Malcolm Francis

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1946-1993

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Malcolm Francis Crane was born in London, England in 1946, and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1951. He was educated at Kerrisdale School, Point Grey Junior High School, and Magee High School in Vancouver. He subsequently attended UBC from 1964 - 1967, majoring in drama and creative writing. As a student, Crane acted in student theatre productions, and was on the staff of the student literary publication, "Talon". In the early 1970s, Crane's professional interests were in the area of general social welfare and human rights. He was a volunteer, and briefly, a project co-ordinator at SPARC (Social Planning and Review Council of B.C.). In 1974, he co-founded SEARCH (Society for Education Action Research and Counselling on Homosexuality). From this period onward, Crane became involved in numerous gay/lesbian organizations. He was actively involved in the Gay/Lesbian Pride Festival from 1978, and was instrumental in founding the PFA (Pride Festival Association) in 1984, and the PCF (Pride Community Foundation) in 1991. As director of the PFA, he also participated in the activities of the IALGPC (International Association of Lesbian/Gay Pride Co-ordinators), including the co-ordination of the 1989 Interpride Conference, held in Vancouver. He was also involved in other organizations such as the Police/Gay Liaison Committee and the Vancouver Gay Community Centre. In addition, he produced and hosted episodes of the TV show "Prism" - a community affairs program for the gay/lesbian community. Malcolm Crane died in 1993. His papers were donated to the archives by his partner Stanley Weese as a gesture of tribute.

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