| TOM QUEEN
WHEN MALCOLM RIGGLE greets you at the door of his beautiful home, his sweet canine companion, Boltie, will likely be right behind him. A life of hard work and business acumen brought Malcolm to the point where he is today, dividing his time between Columbus and his home in Palm Springs (where he sat out the majority of our recent winter of discontent).
Malcolm spent much of his youth moving around the country with his mother and stepfather before finally landing in Atlanta, where he graduated from high school. His college years were spent at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he entered as a business major. Struggling with grades, he was soon mentored by a professor (an older gay man) named Don Dunifon, who convinced him that switching his major to art would enable him to successfully graduate with a degree. Malcolm credits the experience he attained in problem solving through creating art as playing a large role in his successful business career.
A few years after his father’s untimely passing, Malcolm returned to Columbus to take over the helm of the family business. Transitioning it to a national call center for businesses and government agencies, Call Message Resources maintains its base of operations here in Columbus, but plans to expand to other cities across the country. Malcolm has used the fruits of his success to give back to the community, underwriting many projects in the LGBT community. Currently, the Stonewall Banner Project is nearest and dearest to his heart. When he took over the project, there were only 15 aging banners to be hung on the streetlamps of the city during the weeks leading up to Gay Pride in Columbus. Today that number is up to 125, with an eventual goal of 200. A recent fundraiser at Axis, featuring the character of Sister Helen Holy (played by his friend Paul J. Williams) raised $9000 for the project.
He advises the young generation: “Be yourself, but don’t discount what people have done along the path to make it as easy as it currently is for you…a lot of people have blazed a lot of trails…I think you have to give reverence to what people have done…and what people are doing today that will make it better (in the future). Do not take for granted that next election. How you vote-AND YOU MUST VOTE-makes a difference. And if you don’t vote, don’t bitch.”
To find out how you can support the Stonewall Banner Project, go to: TheBannerProject.com