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The Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Team works tirelessly to build strong, mutually beneficial, strategic relationships. By fostering these true partnerships, the Company proves its commitment to People in diverse groups. In addition, Southwest Airlines demonstrates its dedication to maintaining the "hometown carrier" position in every one of our U.S. destinations.
Below is a sampling of some national, regional, and local community partnerships through which the Southwest Airlines Core Values strategically extend to benefit the Company and to support our Communities.
GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Southwest is the Preferred Airline for the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country's premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people, and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all.
Logo is the world's leading ad-supported cable, satellite, online, mobile, and digital entertainment network from MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) for gays and lesbians, their families and friends. Launched in 2005, Logo's cable channel is in more than 46 million homes across the United States and is complemented by a federation of online properties, including LogoTV.com, TripOutGayTravel.com, AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, 365Gay.com, DowneLink.com, and NewNowNext.com. Logo's content is distributed across all leading download-to-own, streaming, and mobile services. The most influential brand for the most influential audience, Logo provides a mix of original and acquired entertainment as well as news, social networking and community building that are authentic, smart, fun, entertaining, and inclusive. Logo joins MTV Networks' roster of popular and highly targeted brands which include MTV, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike TV.
The business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interests of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.
GMCLA works to create equality for all by making music that is excellent, innovative, and reflective of the many cultures that together make Los Angeles great. GMCLA commissions new music and arrangements that contribute to the male choral repertoire, and constantly seeks out ways to attract new audiences to choral performance by fostering a blend of theatre, dance, and choral music. Using their unique experiences as gay men, they make music that reaches all people with a message of unity and that celebrates difference, rather than condemning it. GMCLA works in many settings to affect change, including the concert hall, theater, and schools, working collaboratively wherever possible to increase the impact of their work.
GSA is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to one another and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. GSA Network was founded in 1998 to empower youth activists to start Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools. GSA Network began working with 40 GSA clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1998-99 school year. The organization quickly expanded and by 2001 GSA Network became a statewide organization. By 2005, GSA Network began operating programs nationally.
For 35 years the Golden Gate Business Association has grown, promoted and increased visibility for San Francisco Bay Area LGBT & LGBT-friendly businesses. The GGBA’s mission is to grow, promote and increase the visibility of LGBT businesses and those businesses in the community that support them. They provide educational and business development program; promote human rights issues in the workplace and in society at large through education and positive exposure; offer guidance and mentoring, business referrals and professional insight to new generations of LGBT business leaders; encourages entrepreneurship, self-expression, creativity and innovation; and represent diverse member views in critical two-way communications with local and state governments on issues that may affect businesses and the business climate of the Bay Area. Learn More
Founded in 1980, The Houston Tennis Club (HTC) is a non-profit organization formed to create a framework for promoting athletic competition in the sport of tennis among its members. HTC does not discriminate or deny membership on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed.
HTC has a roster of players ranging from novice to advanced tournament players. It is also home to the annual HOUTEX tennis tournament and charity fundraiser. The HOUTEX tournament is one of the oldest (31 years strong) and most prestigious gay tennis tournaments in the United States and is sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA), a member organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
The mission of The San Francisco GLBT Community Center is to enhance and sustain the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV communities by providing activities, programs, and services that create community, empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for civil and human rights, and embrace, promote and support cultural diversity.
AFH is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to create positive social impact through the innovative management of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. AFH presents Houston's Annual Dining Out For Life to support its innovative programs and to generate a greater community awareness of HIV/AIDS. During this event participating restaurants throughout the Houston area donate 33% of all food proceeds from the day to AFH.
MCC empowers their community, primarily gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families, to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives by providing culturally affirming and affordable behavioral health and preventive services. MCC envisions a healthier society marked by permanent, positive changes in attitudes and behaviors toward GLBT communities, and the ability of all GLBT individuals to realize their fullest potential. Lead by teams of state-licensed clinicians, masters-level therapists, and skilled educators, these professionals work diligently to create healthier futures for their clients. Our "beyond counseling" approach involves a continuum of care utilizing a combination of traditional therapy, outreach, education, peer support, advocacy, and case management to achieve the best possible outcomes.