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Federal Reserve Flies The Colors

Jim Burroway

June 2nd, 2011

The rainbow flag is flying at the Richmond, Virginia branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank:

“We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen,” Sally Green said, chief operating officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

“We are flying the ‘Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion,” Green added.

The flag is being flown at the request of PRISM, an employee LGBT group started at the Fed’s Richmond branch last year, and will fly throughout the month of June. Predictably, the sight of the rainbow flag has anti-gay activists seeing red.

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Erin
June 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Screw those evil %$&#’s.

Jerry
June 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Screw which evil %$&#’s,Erin? I personally enjoy watching rednecks grow apoplectic, but I hope not to be standing near when their heads explode. It’s messy.

BobApril
June 2nd, 2011 | LINK

My initial reaction was to be upset that a government agency took such a clear stand on a partisan issue, even one I support. Reading the full article reminded me that the Reserve Banks are private institutions, despite their close connection to the government. This leaves me free to enjoy the view of the winds of change fluttering both flags. (Posted mostly for the benefit of any other fools who forget that Reserve Banks are private.)

TampaZeke
June 2nd, 2011 | LINK

I don’t believe civil rights, not even gay civil rights, should be considered a “partisan issue”.

Erin
June 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Who’s a redneck, smartass? I’m from NJ, currently living in Philly, and a Liberal lesbian, aka, about as far from redneck as it gets. The Federal Reserve are still a bunch of evil %&*$’s. I don’t care what flag they fly. I too would love to be completely oblivious to the nature of the Federal Reserve, then this supposed anger I have would not come out.

Bruce McRoberts
June 3rd, 2011 | LINK

I live in Richmond. Seeing this made me giggle, which I almost never do, so it’s a Good Thing in my view. Virginia’s weird– for every time it elects someone like Cucinelli, something like this comes along. Very much a state of two minds.

ludovico
June 4th, 2011 | LINK

This is nuts! Using Ms. Green’s logic, then the bank ought to fly a: “black” flag during Black History month every February; a Puerto Rican flag during PR heritage month; a Mexican flag on Cinco de Mayo; an Italian flag on Columbus Day, etc. How about a leather pride flag too? Or the bear pride flag? Ms. Green needs to take a look at the meaning of E Pluribus Unum–from many, ONE. Sorry, Ms. Green, but all the above mentioned flags are subsumed under one flag–the American flag! This kind of thinking further balkanizes this country into little politically correct fiefdoms.

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