What to Expect at the 2021 NGLCC Back to Business (B2B) Summit

July 28 | By Sarah Jester
With the announcement of the 2021 Back to Business (B2B) Summit, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is both excited and proud to join the ranks of companies and organizations returning to small scale in-person events this year as more people receive their vaccinations. Taking place at the Diplomat Hollywood Resort in Hollywood, Florida this November, the B2B Summit will be comprised of three days of networking, education, and celebration of the accomplishments of the LGBT business community and allies.
 

The Natural Entrepreneur

July 28 | By Sarah Jester
Pride shines brightly through queer-owned businesses. Pride in the company itself, pride in the entrepreneur’s journey, and pride in queer identity. Through this pride, it becomes clear that LGBTQ+ individuals are natural entrepreneurs. Even prior to embarking on their entrepreneurial journeys, queer folks of all identities have faced obstacles and adversity at levels that heterosexual business owners may never experience.
 

International Non-Binary People’s Day 2021: Ways You Can Be an Effective Ally

July 13 | By Elaine Godwin
NGLCC will celebrate International Non-Binary People’s Day 2021 on Wednesday, July 14th and the beautiful, diverse community it aims to highlight! As raising awareness is an essential part of any holiday meant to recognize a particular group, education and support are the central ways that allies can effectively join the celebration. NGLCC invites its LGBTQ+ members and our allies to rally together in mutual defense of all non-binary folk and the validity of their gender experience.
 

Crossroads and Conversation: Special Pride Edition with Chely Wright

July 2 | By Elaine Godwin
(Content Warning: mentions of suicide, religious trauma) Last month, for a special Pride edition of the Crossroads and Conversation series, NGLCC hosted Chely Wright (she/her/hers), country singer and activist, in an afternoon of discussion reflecting on Pride and more. This event highlighted the queer experience in a celebration of pride and the LGBTQIA+ community. Justin Nelson (he/him/his), co-founder and president of NGLCC, kicked the event off by expressing his excitement for the conversation and overall thrilling opportunity.
 

Sip & Pitch: Pride 2021 Edition

June 23 | By Elaine Godwin
On Friday, June 11th, NGLCC presented another installment of Sip & Pitch, where LGBT business owners can present their ideas and receive helpful feedback. Sip & Pitch programs are split into two rounds of presentations, with a short intermission in between.
 

Supporting TGNCNB Youth During Pride Month and Beyond

June 7 | By Sarah Jester
The choice to come out as a member of the transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) community, especially as a young person, is a hefty one. In a historically transphobic nation, TGNCNB youth must weigh the alarming possibilities of familial rejection and even potential homelessness should they decide to come out to their loved ones.
 

Pride Month: Looking Ahead

June 2 | By Sarah Jester
By Sarah Jester | Digital Media Manager, NGLCC(they/them/theirs) It’s here - the month that many of us spend the rest of the year awaiting. Consumers everywhere are now regularly inundated with flags and T-shirts adorned with rainbows and cheeky celebratory phrases. As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be reduced, Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Whitney Houston will blare from restaurants and bars as eager diners line up outside to be admitted. To many outsiders, Pride may seem like just a party. But the month of June represents so much more to our community.

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