Let's Be Friends, Bank Tells Gays
Nairn, John, Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
ABANK is out to make friends for life by wooing members of the gay community.
The Bank of Scotland is advertising on a new Internet site, specifically launched to give Britain's gays on-line entertainment and information.
Controversy raged earlier this year when the bank's pounds 430,000-a-year chief executive Peter Burt gave the go-ahead to team up with far-right American evangelist preacher Pat Robertson.
Despite Robertson's fanatical views on homosexuals, women, Muslims and Hindus, the bank went into a joint US phone banking venture with him.
But, after Robertson dismissed Scotland as "a dark land" controlled by homosexuals, the bank severed connections with him and issued a grovelling apology.
It also paid out millions in compensation to Robertson.
Gordon Lewis and Mark Fullalove are the business- men behind the new site, Rainbownetwork.com.
They founded Village Group - the leisure company credited with turning London's Soho into a gay mecca.
The pair realised the Bank of Scotland's PR fiasco over its involvement with Robertson might make it more amenable to buying back some credibility by sponsoring the website.
The site, which includes financial, travel and lifestyle news, is designed to appeal to gays. They are estimated to make up one in seven of the UK population, and have plenty of cash to spend. …