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UNION BANK SPONSORS BAY AREA REPORTER'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE
For Immediate Release
Exhibit Begins Week-Long Stay at GLBT History Museum on April 7 and Moves to Union Bank's California Street Location in June for LGBT Pride Month
SAN FRANCISCO, April 4, 2011 - In recognition of the strength, vitality and significance of the LGBT community in San Francisco - and as part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, Union Bank, N.A., announced today that it will be the exclusive sponsor of the Bay Area Reporter's 40th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit. The Exhibit will be unveiled at a private reception at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco on Thursday, April 7, 2011. It will spend a week at the Museum before an expanded version of the exhibit is unveiled at Union Bank's 400 California Street location in the heart of the Financial District.
The Bay Area Reporter (BAR) has been a leading voice in the LGBT community since its founding in 1971. Through a historical timeline of memorable covers, vintage photographs, video footage and critically-acclaimed articles, this Exhibit commemorates the publication's far-reaching influence and importance over the last 40 years.
"We are honored to support the rich history of the Bay Area Reporter and the LGBT community in San Francisco," said Pierre Habis, senior executive vice president and head of Community Banking at Union Bank. "It's important to take a step back sometimes, to acknowledge our past, understand it, and celebrate it. This retrospective presents us with that unique opportunity - the chance to learn more about the achievements of the LGBT community, and applaud the individuals and groups who have made great contributions to our society."
In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, the expanded Retrospective Exhibit will open on June 1 at Union Bank's California Street branch and run through June 30. The exhibit will be accessible Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public, free-of-charge. Housing the Exhibit at Union Bank will allow BAR to increase the size of the exhibit, showcasing more of the publication's original work over the years.
"We are extremely proud of our role as a voice for the LGBT community in the Bay Area," said Thomas E. Horn, Publisher, Bay Area Reporter. "The Retrospective is a candid, eye-opening and educational tour through LGBT history that shouldn't be missed. And with Union Bank's support, we are now able to not only expand the Exhibit but also make it available over a longer period of time."
On the heels of supporting the BAR Retrospective, Union Bank is also honoring the LGBT community through its Local Heroes Program. Partnering with public television station KQED, Union Bank has opened a call for nominations for outstanding men and women of the LGBT community, namely local heroes who are providing great leadership and making significant contributions to improve and enrich the lives of others.
Nominations are being accepted until April 11, 2011. Additional information and forms are available via KQED’s Web site at www.kqed.org/community/heritage/. Four honorees will be chosen and celebrated at an event in June.
Union Bank will also be the exclusive sponsor for a new GLBT History Museum advertising and brand-awareness campaign. The campaign is scheduled to be launched in early summer.
"A big part of the core values at Union Bank is the emphasis we place on diversity and inclusion, both in our communities and among our employees," said Habis. "We promote and celebrate diversity and consider it an essential part of our company’s culture. Our partnership with the Bay Area Reporter and the GLBT History Museum, and our Local Heroes Program, are just small tokens of our gratitude and support for the LGBT community and its vital part in shaping our city, our nation and our future."