2nd Chicago bank caters to gays

Northern Trust Corp. isn’t the only Chicago bank catering to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual consumers.

It turns out that Harris Bank, the Windy City’s third-biggest bank in deposit market share, also has an outreach program for the GLTB community as well as its own employees.

Windy City Times, a gay publication, reported Wednesday that a Harris branch in Lakeview hosted a forum on Illinois’ civil union law.

Branch manager Nicole Porrez told Windy City Times that she was proud to work with Lions Pride — a group of LGBT employees who work at Harris — to organize the event. “That’s the point of (Harris): to have a presence in the community,” she told the 25-year-old publication.

A Harris spokesman told ChiFinance on Thursday that the employee group and the outreach to the GLTB community have been part of Harris’ strategy for several years.

When the Chicago Tribune earlier this year reported on Northern Trust’s efforts, about 50 readers posted online comments, some of which might offend some readers.

Here’s a link to the Windy City Times article: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php?AID=31222

And here’s a link to two Chicago Tribune articles on Northern Trust’s various efforts:

http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2011/01/northern-trust-sets-up-practice-for-gay-community.html

http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2011/02/northern-trust-to-sponsor-gay-exhibit-at-chicago-history-museum.html

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