Financial Giant Wells Fargo Shows Proud Support of GLBT Youth, Equality
A number of organizations dedicated to supporting GLBT youth have teamed up for this year’s Pride season, with corporate support from financial services giant Wells Fargo & Company.
"In some cities, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., Wells Fargo team members will march alongside several organizations focused on raising awareness for anti-bullying efforts to support LGBT and non-LGBT youth who face harassment," a press release from Wells Fargo reads.
"To bolster Pride 2013 efforts, Wells Fargo convened leaders from a number of prominent organizations, including GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network), It Gets Better Project, Point Foundation, The Trevor Project and Teach For America, to join with Wells Fargo to magnify the anti-bullying message," the release notes.
GLSEN was founded in 1990 by Kevin Jennings, a gay teacher who saw a need for safe and supportive school environments. GLSEN has been instrumental in helping to establish gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools around the country.
The Point Foundation assists GLBT students with scholarship money. Text at the Point Foundation website reads, "Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential - despite the obstacles often put before them - to make a significant impact on society."
The Trevor Project provides support online and via telephone to GLBT youth who may be struggling with bullying, social or family rejection, and other forms of anti-gay abuse. One of the chief aims of the Trevor Project is to intervene and prevent LGBT youth suicide.
Teach for America combats the negative effects of poverty on the educational prospects of all youth. Education can be difficult for GLBT students, due to harassment and bullying at school (by fellow students or, in some cases, by teachers), but poverty and lack of opportunity can also afflict GLBT youth, since a far higher percentage of GLBT teens than straight teens are tossed out of their own homes by parents who refuse to accept who they are.