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Southwest Airlines Recognizes Gay Pride Month And The Airline's Ongoing Commitment To The LGBT Community

   Southwest Airlines Recognizes Gay Pride Month And The Airline's Ongoing
                       Commitment To The LGBT Community

PR Newswire

DALLAS, June 26, 2013

DALLAS, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) proudly
shows its dedication to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender)
community through the recognition of Gay Pride Month in June and by ongoing
organizational support all throughout the year.

"At Southwest Airlines, we are proud to partner with national and local
LGBT-focused organizations that positively impact the communities we serve.
Together, we focus on diversity and inclusion in all of our communities, and
we champion the causes that matter most to our Customers and Employees," said
Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.
"Gay Pride Month is a great time for us to show our continued commitment to
the LGBT community, but Southwest Airlines is proud to engage with and give
back to the LGBT community all throughout the year."

Activities include:

June 13 | Coffee & Conversation in Recognition of Gay Pride Month, Dallas
Southwest Airlines Employees were invited to attend Coffee & Conversation to
hear from Southwest Employees and Leaders: Bill Owen, Senior Business
Consultant of Network Planning, and Teresa Laraba, Senior Vice President of
Customers. This event, held at the Company's Headquarters, gave Employees the
opportunity to engage in conversation about Southwest's diversity and
inclusion efforts. Visit NUTS About Southwest to learn more.

July 30 - Aug. 2 | National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) 2013
National Business & Leadership Conference, Dallas
Southwest proudly sponsors the Tenth Annual NGLCC National Business &
Leadership Conference, which will offer robust programming designed to meet
the interests and needs of the NGLCC's corporate partners, LGBT-certified
business owners and entrepreneurs, allied companies, and NGLCC affiliate
chambers from around the country.

Aug. 1 | Southwest Airlines' Fourth Annual Award-Winning Diversity Summit,
Dallas
Southwest Airlines will bring together Executives from North Texas Fortune 500
companies during its fourth annual award-winning Diversity Summit to focus on
diversity and inclusion initiatives, foster new opportunities, and explore
best practices.

Aug. 1 - 4 | Gay-Straight Alliance National Gathering, Denver
Southwest Airlines is proud to sponsor the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
National Gathering. Supporters nationwide will come together to support the
GSA movement and explore ways expand it to include even more states, cities,
and towns.

Oct. 17 - 19 | Reaching Out MBA National Conference, New Orleans
Southwest Airlines proudly supports Reaching Out, the annual conference of
LGBT graduate business school students. This year, 1,000 students, business
leaders, and recruiters will gather in New Orleans to learn from a dynamic
line-up of industry speakers, workshops, and panelists representing all
sectors of the business community, from finance and entrepreneurship to
non-profits and the arts.

Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, 2014 | Gay and Lesbian Task Force National Conference on
LGBT Equality, Houston
The 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change brings together
more than 3,500 people from all over the country every year. Members of the
LGBT community and their allies will join together for a five-day program that
features more than 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions,
and networking opportunities.

Since Southwest's beginnings more than 42 years ago, the LUV airline has
always approached business differently—instituting the ten-minute turn,
democratizing the skies with affordable air travel, delivering Legendary
Customer Service—the list goes on and on.One thing that has remained constant
since Southwest took to the skies four decades ago is doing the right thing,
and it always comes From the Heart. To learn more about how Southwest gives
back to the LGBT community, visit www.southwest.com/gaytravel.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 43^rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million
Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of
originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned
subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in
the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest
is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom
line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and
productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and
its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One
Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

www.southwest.com

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Website: http://www.southwest.com
Contact: Southwest Airlines, 214-792-4847
 
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