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October 21, 2010 │ New York

Grants will help four organizations assist victims of discrimination and raise awareness about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Muslim New Yorkers.

A recent wave of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and Muslim New Yorkers has prompted the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation to commit $200,000 in grants to four local organizations to assist victims and raise awareness.

 The recipients are: New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and Teachers College-Columbia University.

“New York City represents a beacon of tolerance and opportunity for the entire world.  As a global corporate citizen, and as a member of the New York community, we feel a responsibility to invest in the well-being of our LGBT and Muslim neighbors during a time of increased vulnerability,” said Gary Hattem, president of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

 The grants will provide an immediate capacity boost to all of the organizations and expand some of the grantees’ work with youth in schools.  The Bank’s own affinity groups helped shape the initiative and will play a stewarding role going forward.  “Deutsche Bank is fortunate to have active employee groups like the Rainbow Group, Multicultural Partnership and Women on Walll Street Network, which have long-standing relationships with their respective communities that can be readily accessed during times of crisis,” said Alessandra DiGiusto, the Foundation’s chief administrative officer.

GLSEN, a Deutsche Bank grantee, organizes a National Day of Silence in which students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in their schools.

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