Reid Williams

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"Reid Williams is a private investor, filmmaker, and philanthropist. His investments are focused around a family business and angel investing in green technology. As a filmmaker, he produced one documentary and one feature and directed one documentary. In 2002 he produced the film “Dangerous Living; Coming out in the Developing World” which documented the plights and successes of gays and lesbian peoples in the Global South. In 2006, he directed the documentary “Cruel and Unusual; Transgender Women in Prison” which revealed the horrors of life behind bars for transgender women in US prisons. In 2008, he was the executive producer for “Were the World Mine” a coming of age gay love story. The early focus of his philanthropy was on queer youth, and he served on the national board of GLSEN from 2001 to 2004. Since producing the film “Dangerous Living”, much of his philanthropy has been focused on gay and lesbian international work. He has been a strong supporter of the LGBT division at Human Rights Watch, and he is a member of the Executive Committee for this program." [1]


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  1. New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care Who we are, organizational web page, accessed December 28, 2013.