National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Statement on the Election of Donald Trump: Keeping Our Businesses & Communities Strong

November 9, 2016
Washington, D.C. – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, has issued the following statement on the election of Donald Trump & Mike Pence on behalf of Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson and Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell:

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will never yield in its mission to create a stronger, more equitable economy that is inclusive of LGBT business owners from all walks of life. The resiliency of the LGBT community is what has always defined us, and we must not—and will not—allow the precious victories for our communities be taken away by those who stoke fear and divisiveness following eight years of unprecedented inclusion and opportunity. There is no time to let fear and uncertainty diminish our progress—our businesses and our communities depend on our collective determination to keep fighting for a nation and economy that welcomes and celebrates everyone.

Every single day the 1.4 million LGBT business owners whose interests we champion create jobs, innovate industries, and contribute extensively to the economic healthy and vitality of America. It is for the good of our country that, and in fact the entire global LGBT community and economy, that we never allow prejudice to diminish the tremendous contributions LGBT citizens make. Only by reinforcing our commitments to one another in the LGBT community, and to all other diverse communities who are facing similar threats to their livelihood, that we hold on to the place at the table we have all worked so hard to achieve.
This new administration and Congress will require all of us to double down on the most essential core value of the NGLCC: that our economy only succeeds when the American Dream is available to all LGBT and allied Americans. The great work begins immediately to protect the well-being of America’s economy and expand the monumental gains achieved in recent years for the LGBT community.
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Jonathan D. Lovitz
Senior Vice President, NGLCC
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses.

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