We were honored to receive the Corporate Leadership Award last evening at PFLAG’s 30th Annual NYC Awards Dinner at Tribeca Rooftop in downtown Manhattan. Despite the rain (and a smattering of protesters out front), the sold-out event illustrated the solidarity with the family and friends of LGBTQ people. Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn even stopped by in a show of support and to acknowledge the importance of PFLAG and the work they do creating safer schools.
The award recognizes our five years of support for the organization and to the greater cause of marginalized LGBT youth — through our work with organizations like the Ali Forney Center, America’s largest shelter for homeless LGBT teens, and the Point Foundation, which funds college scholarships.
Our Chief People Officer, Joanna Geraghty, accepted the award on behalf of JetBlue. “When JetBlue was founded a decade ago, we set out to create a different kind of airline that was based on a core set of values, common sense, and a mission of bringing humanity back to air travel,” Joanna said. “That idea of humanity extends to everything we do. What is more human than supporting the basic rights of our LGBT family and friends to lead lives of dignity, without fear of harassment or discrimination?”
PFLAG NYC is the first and largest chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a nonprofit organization created in the 1970s in response to harassment of LGBT youth. Today, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.