The National Voice of LGBT Businesses Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Prohibit Federal Contractors from LGBT Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C.—June 16, 2014—The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which represents thousands of local LGBT business owners across the country, sees President Obama’s historic decision that will ban LGBT discrimination by federal contractors as a major step in the right direction. It also looks forward to ensuring nondiscrimination is not only in the workplace but also extends to taxpayer funded federal contract.

“This is the ultimate ‘pro-business’ decision the president can make. Access to work and economic advancement is a basic and fundamental principle of what makes the U.S. economy strong and resilient. With today’s announcement, President Obama has greatly added to his outstanding legacy to making America stronger for all,” says Justin Nelson, co-founder and president, NGLCC.

While recognizing the importance of the president’s executive order, NGLCC believes further action is needed to ensure businesses owned by LGBT people have equal access to federal procurement opportunities. NGLCC looks forward to working with the Obama administration to make this a reality and will continue to advocate aggressively for these businesses to have every opportunity to compete for federal contracts.  

“There are multiple federal programs that greatly lift up communities that have been discriminated against—it’s time to add LGBT businesses to the list of those eligible for such programs. The president rightly acknowledges with today’s announcement that LGBT employees need protection. The next logical step is to recognize that those who are LGBT and own businesses also are worthy of similar opportunities when seeking government contracts,” says Nelson.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

Seeing new opportunities for community advocacy, specifically in the economic arena, the NGLCC was founded as the exclusive company for certification as a LGBT-owned businesses. NGLCC is the direct link between corporations, governments and LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs.

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