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Full-page ads on National Coming Out Day to celebrate straight allies
Full-page ads on National Coming Out Day to celebrate straight allies
"Our straight supporters tell us that when Gays and Lesbians are discriminated against that it affects them too," says Pride Foundation Executive Director Audrey Haberman

"Straight Allies" are speaking out on behalf of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues through Washington-based Pride Foundation. The Pride Foundation, a funder for LGBT community organizations and students in the Pacific Northwest, is putting a new twist on National Coming Out Day this year by asking straight people to stand up and speak out in support of LGBT equality.

The campaign, entitled "Equality is for Everyone," creates a way for straight allies to publicly show their support for LGBT issues. "Our straight supporters tell us that when Gays and Lesbians are discriminated against that it affects them too," says Audrey Haberman, executive director of the foundation. "And they want a way to express their belief that equality for LGBT people is not just a Gay issue. We think we have provided a great forum for their voice."

The foundation will run full-page ads in major Washington State newspapers (Seattle P-I, Seattle Times, Spokesman Review) on National Coming Out Day, Tuesday, October 11th, featuring names of supporters and several profiles of community leaders who support equality. "We are fortunate to have many long-time Gay and Lesbian friends who are positive influences in our children's lives," said Cindy Phillips of Cheney, Washington, who is profiled in the ads. "Long before our kids knew them as 'Gay people,' they knew them as 'people.' . . people who cared, supported and loved them. We quickly signed on to this campaign in the hope that our families' experience will change hearts and minds."

The campaign has been well-received since its launch on September 15th. "We have been heartened by the hundreds of emails and phone calls of support," said Zan McColloch-Lussier, director of strategic initiatives for the foundation. "Clearly, we've struck a chord with people in Washington."

The deadline for inclusion in the ads is Friday, September 30th at midnight. More information can be found at http://www.pridefoundation.org/straightally/ or by calling 206-323-3318.



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