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Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to Ring The Closing Bell(sm) at the NYSE June 30
6/29/2006 9:47:00 AM
To: National and Assignment desks
Contact: Jean-Marie Navetta of PFLAG, email@example.com or 202-467-8180 ext. 213
Members of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays will ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, June 30, to close out gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Pride Month. The organization is also using the event as a chance to spotlight the billions-plus buying power of the combination of GLBT consumers and their families and allies.
To celebrate this special occasion, PFLAG National President Samuel Thoron, will ring The Closing Bell.
-- Learn more about this event by visiting the PFLAG Media Opportunities page at http://pflag.org/NYSE_media.html
-- Read the press release by visiting: http://pflag.org/NYSE_pr.html
WHEN/WHERE: FRIDAY, JUNE 30, NYSE-Security Checkpoint at Exchange & Broad Streets:
-- 3:30 p.m. Media escorted into the building for bell ringing
-- 4 p.m. The Closing Bell is rung
-- Media interested in covering the bell at the NYSE MUST contact Annmarie Gioia at 212-656-5437 in order to obtain entry into the building. No exceptions will be made.
-- To arrange interviews with the following individuals prior to or following the event, contact Jean-Marie Navetta at 202-467-8180 ext. 213 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Jody M. Huckaby, Executive Director, PFLAG
-- Samuel Thoron, National President, PFLAG
-- Walter Schubert, CEO, Gay Financial Network
PHOTO/VIDEO: Photos available via Associated Press/New York, 212-621-1902, Reuters America, 646-223-6285, and Bloomberg Photo, 212-617-3420. The Closing Bell(sm) (starting at 3:55 p.m.) feeds are available via fiber line at Ascent media No. 1630.
WEBCAST: The event will be broadcast live. Visit http://pflag.org/NYSE_watch_bell_live.nyse_webcast.0.html
for more information.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has over 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more about PFLAG's mission of support, education, and advocacy visit http://www.pflag.org.
Gay Bell At The NYSE
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
June 30, 2006 - 12:01 am ET
(New York City) Like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange will ring out for liberty today as Parents Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians signal the wrap-up of the week on Wall Street.
PFLAG was invited to ring the closing bell - an honor usually reserved for the heads of new companies being listed on the exchange and foreign dignitaries - by the directors of the NYSE.
It will mark the end of a day of lobbying exchange members about the growing reach of the buying power of GLBT Americans especially when coupled with the purchasing force of their families and friends.
“The purchasing power of the GLBT community is estimated today to be a massive $641 billion, with projections reaching $1 trillion by 2012," said Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of PFLAG.
"Add in the buying power of the millions of family members and friends who show fierce allegiance to fair-minded corporations, and you get a message that no company can afford to ignore: equality is good for business.”
PFLAG leaders will be presenting exchange members with new research showing that more than three-fourths of Americans personally know someone who is GLBT and those consumers are more likely than others to support companies that market to the gay and lesbian community.
“There are thousands of parents just like me who will shop and spend with companies who support equality for my lesbian daughter,” said Samuel Thoron, president of PFLAG who will be ringing The Closing Bell.
“This is our opportunity to make sure that these corporations know that we’re here, that we’re paying attention, and that we influence their bottom line.”
On Thursday the Human Rights Campaign released a report showing that for the first time the majority of the 2006 Fortune 500 companies are offering benefits to the same-sex partners of workers. (story)
The report also shows that 86 percent of the Fortune 500 companies include sexual orientation, and 81 percent include the terms “gender identity” and/or “gender expression” in their non-discrimination policies.