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.
 

Bon Appetit Y’all by Carlton: Sassy Sauces, Seasonings, Sweets and Savories

May 13 | By Sarah Jester
NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® suppliers can be found at the top of their fields in nearly every industry in the country, and food is no exception. From coffee shops to ice cream parlors to burger joints, LGBT business owners are providing tasty bites to their communities. But what about the mouthwatering sauce that tops the burger? That’s where Bon Appetit Y’all by Carlton comes in!
 

Content Maven Media: Building Strong Relationships

May 13 | By Sarah Jester
For many of us, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to reflect and reprioritize aspects of our lives. Some individuals have built up the strength to undertake new initiatives and business prospects - and Kristy Ramsey, founder of Certified LGBTBE® Content Maven Media, is no exception. “Being a one-woman show, I am most proud of having the courage to even start my own business, and during a pandemic no less!” Ramsey said.

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