This year Wells Fargo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its commitment to the LGBTQ Community. Today many companies are very public about their LGBTQ support. But in 1987, when Wells Fargo added sexual orientation to our non-discrimination policy, there were very few companies willing to take a stand on LGBTQ issues. This policy change helped ensure that our gay and lesbian team members could be out and proud at work without discrimination on the job. Gender identity was then added in 2002 to ensure our transgender team members were also protected.
Over the past 30 years we have also shown our commitment by donating over $50 million to non—profit organizations serving the needs of the LGBT community. To celebrate Pride Month, we are reflecting on the impact that commitment has had by telling the stories of four amazing organizations that provide services to the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community. Three of those organizations directly serve youth and students: Trevor Project, Point Foundation and GLSEN. The fourth, SAGE, addresses the unique needs of LGBT elders.
- Trevor Project is the only 24 hour national suicide hotline in the U.S. created to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth in crisis. If you, or someone you know, need a safe and judgment-free place to talk, Trevor Project counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.
- Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to fulfill their academic potential through scholarships and other types of support. Most have faced significant obstacles in their families or communities and would not otherwise be able to continue their education.
- GLSEN works to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Their efforts to end bullying and foster respect have had a measurable impact on schools all across the country.
- SAGE is the leading national organization focused on serving the needs of LGBTQ elders. Because many do not have families to take care of them as they age, the organization fills a critical need by providing services and training, raising awareness, and advocating for change.
To learn more about their work and hear some first-hand stories of those whose lives they have impacted, check out www.wellsfargo.com/standingtogether. Wells Fargo is proud to stand together with these organizations and help them in their efforts, during Pride month and throughout the year. We believe everyone should feel safe and accepted for who they are and how they choose to express themselves – and Pride month is a time to celebrate that diversity! Happy Pride from Wells Fargo.
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