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Saturday, December 03, 2005

At last, a company I don't have to boycott
Posted by Jill | 8:10 PM

The first time we refinanced our mortgage, we went through a mortgage broker, and the new mortgage was sold two weeks after closing to Norwest Bank. Norwest Bank was taken over by Wells Fargo, and we've been with them ever since. Aside from the $19.95 fee they charge to pay online (which I refuse to pay), Wells Fargo has been just dandy to deal with. We were able to refinance again last year in a no closing cost, no in-person closing, no-doc refi that only cost us a $350 application fee and what we paid the notary. It was one big package of paperwork, and at the end we had a nice spanking new 15-year fixed rate mortgage at 4.75%.

Now, as Pam reports, there's another reason to do business with Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo's decision to support GLAAD by matching contributions to "fight for equality against the Anti-Gay industry." This is a decision that has gained them the ire of the guy who thinks fathers should take their young sons into the shower with them and show them daddy's penis: the so-called Rev. James Dobson.

Here's Wells Fargo's GLBT record:

Wells Fargo has embraced the GLBT community for over 20 years.

Since the 1980s, Wells Fargo has given more than $14 million to organizations serving the GLBT community nationwide.

The company has donated to several local non-profits and national organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Wells Fargo offers Domestic Partnership Benefits to our GLBT team members’ partners and families.

Our non-discrimination policies include language specific to sexual orientation as well as gender identity.

Wells Fargo sponsors 21 GLBT resource groups called PRIDE – a forum for diverse team members to connect with each other, the company and the community.

2004 and 2005 HRC Corporate Equality Index: Perfect score of “100”

2003 Diversity Inc.com: #7 Top Companies for GLBT Employees

2000 GLAAD Fairness Award

2000 Advocate Magazine: Top 10 Workplaces for GLBT Employees

In thumbing his nose at the Christofascist Zombie Brigade, Richard M Kovacevich, CEO of Wells Fargo, is our Most Brilliant Person of the Week.
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