Remembering Ceci Gratias

November 6 | By Jonathan Lovitz
November 6, 2017 Dear NGLCC Community: Our hearts go out to everyone at the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) following the loss of former President and CEO, Ceci Gratias.
 

LGBT History: The National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights

October 23 | By James Gleason
The large-scale national demonstrations for the LGBT community began with the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 14, 1979. Although there is no record of how many people demonstrated on that day, it's estimated 200,000 people attended.
 

LGBT History: The Lavender Scare

October 3 | By James Gleason
Interrogations of one’s sexuality became commonplace in the 1950s and 1960s’ federal workplace. Questions like “Do you identify as a homosexual or have you ever had same-sex sexual relations?” were commonplace as employers attempted to root out LGBT employees. This period of time is often known as the Lavender Scare—the interrogation and firing of LGBT-identifying civil servants.
 

NGLCC Remembers Edie Windsor

September 12 | By Jonathan Lovitz
NGLCC mourns the loss of Edie Windsor, who paved the way for marriage equality in the United States. Edie was known for her smile, her laugh, her exceptional mathematics skills that she expressed during her years at NGLCC founding partner IBM, and her innate ability to melt your heart with stories of her life. That was especially true when talking about her more than forty year love affair with Thea Spyer. 
 

NGLCC Statement Condemning Charlottesville, VA Attack

August 14 | By Jonathan Lovitz
NGLCC released the following statement in condemnation of the attack against Americans in Charlottesville, Virginia: “The NGLCC and our allies in business will not remain silent in the face of attacks on America’s diverse communities. Charlottesville must be a wakeup call that we cannot ignore the hatred that exists against Americans based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, and more. Diversity is the lifeblood of this nation, and celebrating our diversity is essential for our moral and economic wellbeing.
 

NGLCC Celebrates Hugely Successful 5th Summit of the Americas

June 27 | By Jonathan Lovitz
NGLCC, in partnership with host affiliate, the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), welcomed over 250 LGBT entrepreneurs, corporate partners, government officials, and chamber leaders from across the Americas and around the globe to the InterContinental Yorkville Hotel in Toronto, Canada from June 14-16 for NGLCC Global’s 5th Annual LGBT Summit of the Americas.
 

Supplier in the Spotlight: Socio

May 4 | By Jonathan Lovitz
Jeremy Bellman and Gonzo Araya created Socio to help sourcing professionals, their stakeholders, and suppliers work together as partners – an expression of the passion they have for helping people work better together.  
 

Longtime Shell-NGLCC Partnership Thrives on Supplier Diversity, Global Cooperation Initiatives

March 22 | By
Since 2002, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has been instrumental in promoting the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) community’s economic strength and growth potential.   Founded on a goal of building an organization that could support LGBTI business owners and showcase the LGBTI community’s diversity of talent, the NGLCC has exceeded expectations primarily due to a pro-active membership and board of directors.  
 

New Jersey Assembly Committee Approves NGLCC Championed Bill to Include Certified LGBT, Disability, and Veteran Owned Businesses in State Contracting

February 14 | By Andy DiAntonio
On Monday, February 13th, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce provided expert testimony at the New Jersey State House in Trenton in support of A-3891, a bill to welcome certified LGBT, disability, and veteran owned businesses in New Jersey state contracting and procurement opportunities. The bill was approved by the Human Services Committee by a nearly unanimous vote and was applauded for providing a pro-business context for expanding equal opportunity throughout the state.  

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