U.S. Clearing, Fleet Financial Group's securities clearing division, said Wednesday that it will provide clearing and on-line trading to a firm that markets to the gay community.

Established in October 1998, the New York-based Gay Financial Network provides a range of financial services to gays and lesbians, said Walter B. Schubert, the founder and chairman. Mr. Schubert says his firm acts as a bridge between the community and "gay friendly" financial services companies, including insurers and mortgage providers.

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