Monday, December 05, 2005

Want A 1940's Style of Diversity?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups call for urgent meeting with Ford Motor Company!

UPDATED: This is turning into a big story folks. Weigh in. Call or email your local Ford dealer and let her or him know that you are not pleased. Then write a letter to your local paper. More: click on the words "confidential agreement" in the story below to read about the meeting between AFA and Ford. (another thanks to Americablog).

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2005 — Below is a unity statement on media reports of Ford Motor Company entering into a confidential agreement with the American Family Association:

“We are deeply dismayed by reports in the media and otherwise that the Ford Motor Company has entered into a confidential agreement with the extremist American Family Association (AFA) that requires Ford to stop advertising in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media. If there is an agreement with AFA, we expect Ford to disavow it. We expect Ford to publicly reaffirm its historic support for our community. And, we expect Ford to meet with LGBT representatives this week to resolve these concerns.”

Family Pride
Freedom to Marry
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Human Rights Campaign
Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Triangle Foundation
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Ford Motor Company rolled over when this anti-gay group showed up and accused them of being "pro-gay". If we just silently stand by and let this happen then within a very short time other corporations will start following suit. We have worked too hard for decades in our struggle for equality to be forced back into the closets of the 1940's. The strides that we have made over those years are at severe risk right now. Each and every one of us must speak up. Now.

No "tip of the hat" here, instead a full "bow from the waist" to John Aravosis at for outstanding reporting and organizing on this issue. Please, head over there and follow John's suggestions to help move this issue.


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