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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups call for urgent meeting with Ford Motor Company

Date: 
December 05, 2005

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

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Please contact William Clay Ford, Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer, to express your concerns:
WFord@ford.com
One American Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
Main Phone Number: 313.322.3000
Fax Number: 313.845.6073
Toll Free Phone Number: 800.392.3673

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2005 — Below is a unity statement on media reports of Ford Motor Company entering into a confidential agreement with the American Family Association:

"We are deeply dismayed by reports in the media and otherwise that the Ford Motor Company has entered into a confidential agreement with the extremist American Family Association (AFA) that requires Ford to stop advertising in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media. If there is an agreement with AFA, we expect Ford to disavow it. We expect Ford to publicly reaffirm its historic support for our community. And, we expect Ford to meet with LGBT representatives this week to resolve these concerns."

Family Pride
Freedom to Marry
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Human Rights Campaign
Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC)
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
PFLAG National (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Triangle Foundation

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