Friday, June 3, 2011

Richmond, Va.: Federal Reserve Flies Pride Banner, Pisses Off Hate Groups

Pride at Federal Reserve in Richmond
As you know by now, the president issued is annual LGBT Pride Month Proclamation this week. The Federal Reserve Bank (a private corporation) has decided to acknowledge and celebrate Pride Month by flying the Rainbow banner on the flag pole in front of their in Richmond, Virginia. Naturally, this has pissed off the Christianist hate groups, the Virginia-based Family Foundation and the American Family Association, based in Mississippi.

Don't you just love it when when hater groups use the word "family" in their names to make bigotry okay?

This comes from AFA's One News Now web site:
Though The Family Foundation's new office in Richmond has a beautiful view of the state capitol and the flags, the rainbow flag fluttering from the flagpole outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is also in view. Foundation president Victoria Cobb does not expect it to fly away any time soon.
"Our expectation is it'll be flying all month," she predicts. "We think the Federal Reserve ought to be focused on the economy rather than focusing on special rights."
The Federal Reserve is a private operation and is not government run, but Cobb points out that it is simply following the nation's leadership in promoting a lifestyle that involves less than two percent of the population.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi-based American Family Association has received a complaint from a Federal Reserve employee who objects to the flag and what it represents. In reference to the "gay pride" flag flying just below the American flag, the employee wrote in an email: "For the past five or six years, the homosexual agenda has been pushed down our throats. [The bank president and vice president] have initiated this agenda. This offends me as a Christian."
I don't know about you guys, but bigotry disguised as religion offends me as a human being.

For their part, The Federal Reserve says they are committed to celebrating a culture of diversity at the bank. Via
Results as of 8:45am, June 3, 2011.Via
The rainbow splash nicely accessorizes the red, white and blue, adding more color to the massive concrete structure in the backdrop.  The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is a private financial institution located downtown at Byrd and 7th Street.
"We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen," Sally Green said, chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
"We are flying the ‘Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion," Green added.
The flag is being flown at the request of PRISM, an employee LGBT group started at the Richmond bank a year ago.  The group is one of several employee affinity groups at this branch.
Despite The Family Foundation's claim that Virginians are outraged over the Fed's celebration of diversity, a poll accompanying the story says otherwise, with 65% responding, "I love it!", as of this morning. You can take part in the poll and view current results here.
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