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PFLAG to ring NYSE closing bell

“There are thousands of parents just like me who will shop and spend with companies who support equality for my lesbian daughter. 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.”

— Samuel Thoron, president of PFLAG

Parents Families & Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG) will receive the honor of ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange today, an act normally extended to foreign dignataries and CEOs of new companies. It’s more public recognition by Wall Street that it respects the pink — and pink-allied — dollar. (365gay):

“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.

It’s nice to see that the Freepi can’t muster up much on this one. They seem tired, frustrated and well, they just toss out the same hoary crap since they are on the losing side of history on this one:

Actual Freeper Quotes™

“Parents, Families and Friends of Bums and Drunkards”

Corporations supporting PFLAG’s appearance at the New York Stock Exchange on June 30 include American Airlines, Chubb, the Citigroup Foundation, Dow, IBM, Logo, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Pfizer, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Thank you very much for the list. I don’t believe in boycotts… but neither do I personally plan to reward this garbage.

Yes, let’s invest more in a demographic incapable of reproducing who has a history of transferring a terminal disease.

I used to work at a stock exchange. No one gave a flying fig who rang the closing bell – all we exchange employees cared about is that it rang and we could go home (or to the bars – a more popular destination). It could have been Bozo the clown for all anyone cared. Once it was Chesty Morgan, the stripper – remember her? As I recall – she got a standing ovation.


The Actuarial Tables of your Life Expectancy project otherwise.

How much of that finacial power is government expense for medical care and diseases related to the homosexual lifestyle? Not just aids but all sex diseases, then drug abuse, then of course the domestic violence courts. Seem to me that they just took 10% of the ecconomy rather than 2% AT best. Now how much homosexual related products outside the medical issues? seems there would be a very small market for homosexual pride parade wear.

I never cease to be amazed at how the left banters terminology around – for decades it has been “racism” or racist. And while they still use said term (just look at the screams of racism regarding the very real need to close the borders). And this article uses the other favorite term of the left – “phobia”, as in “homophobia”.

But since when is disagreeing with a lifestyle CHOICE that flies directly in the face the Bible and core Christian beliefs (regardless of the claims of the left to the contrary – this country was FOUNDED on Christain principals), equate to a fear? I don’t fear homosexuals – I pity them and their choices. But my heart reaches out to them, fully knowing that they can choose to turn from their sinful lifestyle in much the same way as all of us are suppose to turn from the sin in our lives. But fear – not at all. But I also believe that people living in and advocating for said lifestyle have no business teaching my children, leading a boyscout troop, pastoring a church, or other functions that should be held to a somewhat higher moral standard. But that is not fear….

Parents, families, and friends of prescription drug abusers. The pharmaceutical companies thrive on their purchasing power. They help out the financial status of doctors and medical clinics too. Sometimes even hospitals.

Their purchasing power was just as high when they were in the closet.

I, for one, am glad that lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, the transgendered, the omni-sexual and the whatever-sexual are finally getting their share of the American Dream, and that Corporate America is stepping up to the plate to help.

Why, I remember the day when LGBT’s were forced to live on the outskirts of town, in that hellish twilight zone known as the “other side of the tracks”, in ramshackle huts (those who had homes, that is), but most often taking shelter wherever they could — in holes dug in embankments or in makeshift tents fashioned under bridges with sheets of newspaper; eating the leftovers from dogs and scavengers; drinking from filthy mudholes; wearing whatever they could find, usually the discards from rescue missions. Yes, they’ve come a long way, baby, and I can’t help but get a misty-eyed inspiration from their struggle, calling to mind the words of that old homosexual spiritual, “Free at last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last.”

I seem to recall this issue showing up on some ballots in a few states… Overwhelming majority oppose such nonsense. It would seem to be a prudent business move to cater to that large majority. But I guess we don’t make a big enough stink to be on their radar.

Why not give a bestiality rights group that honor too for the sake of fairness?

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