Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Press Release: PFLAG on Ford's pull of gay-oriented ads

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PFLAG Joins Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Organizations to Call for Urgent Meeting with Ford Motor Company Washington, D.C. - December 5, 2005 – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) joined with GLBT organizations to issue a unity statement regarding media reports that Ford Motor Company has entered into a confidential agreement with the American Family Association to discontinue Ford’s advertisements in LGBT media: “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.” Organizations signing the unity statement include: 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 ### 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 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. For more information, please visit Original Source