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  • Friday, September 20, 2019 5:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Original Post on the www.washingtonblade.com

    Tim Cook, gay news, Washington BladeApple CEO Tim Cook may be gay, but that hasn’t translated into advertising support for LGBT media outlets. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

    We buy their phones, wear their watches, and use their products to drive our businesses—but finding their iconic ads in the pages of your local LGBT newspaper or website is like looking for an apple in an orange grove.

    “Some big companies with a good reputation in the community, like Apple, fail when it comes to speaking to us directly, effectively,” says Leo Cusimano, publisher and owner of the Dallas Voice newspaper, and OUT North Texas, a glossy magazine. “More and more, LGBT individuals are frustrated by brands that treat them as an afterthought.”

    National advertising via mainstream media certainly gets the word out—but depictions of LGBT consumers remain rare to the point of novelty, leaving many wondering why companies who lavish their attention on the general public don’t appeal directly to a niche market eager for a signal that they, too, are valued.

    “When I see an ad in a local LGBT publication or website,” says Cusimano, “I think, ‘Look, they are targeting me.’ This local perspective is very important, particularly from a grassroots effort. We see brand switching from one product or service when advertisers utilize this approach. We’re a loyal demographic who likes to do business with companies that advertise in our backyard.”

    Cusimano, who holds a business degree, says the onus is on LGBT media to “make an advertiser aware of the advantages of niche marketing. Our job is to elevate their brand in the community. And when you do that, it really helps trigger that sale.”

    Cusimano cites Wells Fargo and Facebook as companies that have advertised with his publications. You’ll find Bridgestone tires on his car, he notes, because a few years ago, “They did a 12-month campaign with Dallas Voice. It really changed people’s minds, to know there is a company that [consistently] advertises with us,” instead of ghosting the community once Pride month has come and gone.

    “They’re missing a good opportunity,” says Pride Source Media CFO Jan Stevenson, of Apple.

    For 26 years, Stevenson and her wife, Susan Horowitz, have published Michigan’s weekly newspaper, Between the Lines—which, along with their Pride Source Yellow Pages, serves the LGBT community.

    “Every single computer in our business” is an Apple product, says Stevenson, who notes the company’s “excellent reputation as an LGBT-friendly player” could be leveraged “so easily, with just some simple ads that say, ‘We want your business.’”

    A positive perception pays dividends, as noted in Community Marketing & Insights’ 13th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey. Released earlier this year, 27 percent of respondents said they were “significantly more likely to purchase” when companies advertise in the LGBTQ digital and print media. Forty-one percent said advertising in the LGBTQ media had a greater impact on them than when companies advertise in the mainstream media—and a 2016-2017 National LGBT Media Association study on consumer shifts saw two in three LGBTQ+ individuals saying, “I am frustrated by brands that treat people like me as an afterthought.” (Fifty-one percent of respondents purchased a new smartphone in the last 12 months.)

    Still, Stevenson’s company has had no success in its sales outreach to the tech behemoth. Nor has Todd Evans, who, as president and CEO of Rivendell Media, represents 95 percent of all LGBT media in the U.S. Rivendell has made numerous overtures to Apple, with no results.

    “The demographics seem perfect for Apple,” said Evans. “LGBTs are early adopters of new technology, and have very high entrepreneurial tendencies, which would be a natural target for a tech company. They’re a very progressive company, or thought to be. Even the CEO is LGBT. Yet to our knowledge, Apple has never done any direct-to-consumer [LGBT] outreach with any of their ad campaigns.”

    If they have, that sales call has yet to reach Rivendell, which credits Apple products for “part of our success in business, back to when our founder was Beta testing for Apple,” says Evans. “We’ve reached out to their agencies [currently OMD], and they’ve been very open to proposals. But it never seems to go anywhere. And Apple, it’s impossible to get through to the client. Once the client is interested, the agency does whatever they want.”

    Of late, says Evans, Rivendell has placed an emphasis on educating potential buyers that LGBT media is “completely different that other minority media, like African American or Hispanic. For example, in our community, there is no network TV like Telemundo, no BET, no national magazine with million-plus circulation. We get our information differently.”

    And despite the march to digital as a favored, oftentimes sole, marketing strategy, “What a lot of people aren’t realizing is that in LGBT media, print is still very much king,” notes Evans. “For $100,000, you can pretty much own LGBT media, a full-page ad in most major LGBT publications in America. That is chump change for most companies’ advertising budgets, and digital just does not do as well, without print’s call to action.”

    With just about 130 LGBT publications nationwide, Evans is “shocked that more companies don’t realize they can make a difference, to get a community behind them.”

    Absolut vodka is the ultimate success story. In 1981, recalls Evans, “They came into the market—not to get their feet wet, but to own it.” Today, Absolut has “phenomenal brand recognition, and they maintain a presence in the LGBT community. There are so many vodkas out there, they don’t want to give up that space, to lose that equity.”

    At a time when other high-quality products are shrinking market share and eroding consumer confidence built by the belief that Apple products are hands-down superior to the alternatives, longtime Apple loyalist Evans is “beginning to think twice about my next computer.” Technology as well as pricing, he observes, “have caught up with Apple. I’m just back from the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce conference,” which had over 1,500 LGBT businesses in attendance. “I was noticing,” recalls Evans, “There were as many Samsungs as there were iPhones. So it seems the right time for Apple to hedge their bets.”

    “We do have real alternatives today,” says Cusimano. “We don’t have ads from Samsung, and this is a prime opportunity for them [Apple] to capitalize on that, to be trendsetters. They did that years ago, in education—getting their computers in schools, for kids. It’s time for them to look closer at the LGBT community.”

    Cusimano says he’s working with the National LGBT Media Association to augment the way the Human Rights Campaign compiles statistics for its Corporate Equality Index. Described by HRC as an annual “national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees,” a positive rating is widely cited by corporations, as a way to shore up their reputation.

    The Index’s Category 4, notes Cusimano, “is about philanthropic work or advertising in LGBT media.” This allows corporations “to donate to an event, and that checks that box for them. We want HRC to make it a stand-alone category, where you have to advertise in LGBT media.”

    As this story was published, that advertising “get” remained as elusive as responses to our request for comment. A call to Apple’s Media Helpline yielded a swift response from its representative, Fred Sainz, with this reporter honoring his request to submit questions. Despite several follow-up email exchanges, Apple did not respond to our inquiries.

  • Thursday, September 05, 2019 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Original Post on the fox4now site

    LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- If you prefer the slower side of life, one Southwest Florida city has been ranked among the top 10 best places to retire.

    According to "2019’s Best & Worst Places to Retire" by WalletHub, Cape Coral is the 8th-best city to spend your golden years.

    WalletHub found Cape Coral ranked high when it came to friendliness, cost of living, weather, and places to fish.

    RELATED: WalletHub releases list of best places in Florida to retire

    Other Florida cities that made the list are Orlando at #1, followed by Tampa. Miami came in at #5.   On the other end of the list, of the 10 worst places to retire, six are in California. It includes Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Fresno, and last is Stockton, California.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Original Post on the floridarealtors.org site

    As the 2019 hurricane threat rises, businesses should create worst-case scenarios and prepare. What if you can’t call associates? What if you can’t pay bills?

    NEW YORK (AP) – When Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carlos Melendez couldn’t contact the staffers or customers of his San Juan-based technology firm, Wovenware.

    Melendez learned a lesson that would help his business during the next storm, and that disaster preparedness includes being able to communicate with people when the emergency is over. He quickly signed up with an online messaging service – and got to use it two weeks later when Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico.

    “The amount of damage was a situation we had never had before here on the island,” Melendez says. But because he was now able to communicate with employees, he could determine how they were, arrange to meet with those able to get to the office and let customers know Wovenware was working despite the widespread devastation and lack of power and resources.

    Small businesses have already contended this summer with earthquakes in Southern California and Hurricane Barry in the Gulf Coast and Midwest, and the most intense portions of the Atlantic hurricane and Western wildfire seasons are still ahead. But many owners don’t prepare for potentially devastating natural disasters, leaving them to learn during a crisis what they should have done differently.

    And even companies that do plan can be unprepared for the unique circumstances of a particular disaster – no owner in New Orleans could have predicted they’d be unable to operate for months, even years, after Hurricane Katrina turned the city and some of its suburbs into a ghost town in 2005.

    Melendez also learned lessons from Hurricane Maria. His company had no power for two weeks until the building’s backup generator began working. But it broke down again, forcing Melendez to find work space for his staffers at other companies. Since then, Wovenware has brought in its own generators, moved its operations online and issued laptops to all staffers.

    Sam Beasley learned businesses don’t have to suffer catastrophic damage to be affected. Beasley owns Prevention Education Program, with counseling centers in Chico and Gridley, California, near the town of Paradise that was virtually destroyed in a massive wildfire last November. One of Beasley’s offices was filled with smoke, but the business also suffered in other ways Beasley never expected.

    “I was thinking I would continue to operate as always, but that’s not true,” Beasley says. He quickly discovered that his staffers were as traumatized by the devastation as people who lost their homes. There were more absences than usual, and those employees who came to work were struggling emotionally.

    “Don’t expect your staff, even in the mental health field, to bounce back quickly and fully in a natural disaster,” Beasley learned. “All people in the region experience trauma if only from being in the presence of thousands of people who have lost everything.”

    Moreover, his income plunged. One office was closed for a week, then had no income for six more weeks. Clients had more immediate financial concerns, such as rebuilding their homes and lives, although many later returned. Beasley realized that he needed to pull together emergency funds going forward.

    Some companies change their entire operations in response to a disaster. When Hurricane Charley hit Florida, in 2004, Jimmy McMillan and his family evacuated. When the storm had passed, he realized that his Palm Coast-based insurance business was paralyzed.

    “My office was without power for a week, our phones were down for the same amount of time, many of our records were on paper, and without those records I was completely flying blind,” says McMillan, owner of Heart Life Insurance.

    McMillan says he could have used technology available before the storm, scanning paper records and turning them into electronic documents, but hadn’t done so. The lesson he learned was to get his company up to speed on business technology and reduce the risk of being shut down the next time a storm hit. The business is now paper-free and all staffers are able to work remotely. And, because of that capability, McMillan has been hiring people in distant cities like Jacksonville, Florida, and Roswell, Georgia, making it less likely he’d be completely shut down by a storm.

    When Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain in parts of the Gulf Coast in August 2017, Stewart Guss’s Houston-based law firm lost power for nearly a week, knocking out its phone system that would have handled hundreds of calls from prospective clients. Guss and his fellow managers were able to create a workaround with their telecom provider, rerouting calls to cellphones. They distributed phones and laptops to key staffers and the firm kept its downtime to a minimum.

    After the crisis ended, the firm developed a more concrete disaster operation and recovery plan. “One of the things that we did was, we played a game in which we tried to think about everything that could go wrong,” Guss says.

    The firm also transitioned from technology that was based in its office – the phones had been run by an onsite server – to one that uses the internet and therefore can be accessed from anywhere. And as the firm expands, its data is stored and accessed online, Guss says.

    Earlier this year, the firm’s new systems got a test run, when a freak winter storm in February made it impossible to get to the office. Guss and his staffers were able to work remotely.

    “Most people didn’t know we weren’t in the office,” he says.

    Copyright 2019 The Associated Press, Joyce M. Rosenberg. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Original Post on the floridarealtors.org site

    The U.S. economic expansion is longest on record, yet fewer middle-class Americans own homes or invest in the stock market. Financial disparities have widened.  

    WASHINGTON (AP) – As it enters its 11th year, America's economic expansion is now the longest on record – a streak that has shrunk unemployment, swelled household wealth, revived the housing market and helped fuel an explosive rise in the stock market.

    Yet even after a full decade of uninterrupted economic growth, the richest Americans now hold a greater share of the nation's wealth than they did before the Great Recession began in 2007. And income growth has been sluggish by historical standards, leaving many Americans feeling stuck in place.

    Those trends help explain something unique about this expansion: It's easily the least-celebrated economic recovery in decades.

    As public discontent has grown, the issue has become one for political candidates to harness – beginning with Donald Trump in 2016. Now, some of the Democrats running to challenge Trump for the presidency have built their campaigns around proposals to tax wealth, raise minimum wages or ease the financial strain of medical care and higher education.

    America's financial disparities have widened in large part because the means by which people build wealth have become more exclusive since the Great Recession.

    Fewer middle-class Americans own homes. Fewer are invested in the stock market. And home prices have risen far more in wealthier metro areas on the coasts than in more modestly priced cities and rural areas. The result is that affluent homeowners now sit on vast sums of home equity and capital gains, while tens of millions of ordinary households have been left mainly on the sidelines.

    "The recovery has been very disappointing from the standpoint of inequality," said Gabriel Zucman, an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, and a leading expert on income and wealth distribution.

    Household wealth – the value of homes, stock portfolios and bank accounts, minus mortgage and credit card debt and other loans – jumped 80% in the past decade. More than one-third of that gain – $16.2 trillion in riches – went to the wealthiest 1%, figures from the Federal Reserve show. Just 25% of it went to middle-to-upper-middle class households. The bottom half of the population gained less than 2%.

    Nearly 8 million Americans lost homes in the recession and its aftermath, and the sharp price gains since then have put ownership out of reach for many would-be buyers. For America's middle class, the homeownership rate fell to about 60% in 2016 from roughly 70% in 2004, before the housing bubble, according to separate Fed data.

    The other major engine of household wealth – the stock market – hasn't much benefited most people, either. The longest bull market in U.S. history, which surpassed its own 10-year mark in March, has shot equity prices up more than four-fold. Yet the proportion of middle-income households that own shares has actually declined.

    The Fed calculates that about half of middle-income Americans owned shares in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, down from 56% in 2007. That includes people who hold stocks in retirement accounts.

    The decline in stock market participation occurred mainly because more middle-income workers took contract work or other jobs that offered no retirement savings plans, the Fed concluded.

    Hannah Moore, now 37, has struggled to save since graduating from college in December 2007, the same month the Great Recession officially began. She has worked nearly continuously since then despite a couple of layoffs.

    "I had many jobs, all at the same time," she said. "It's just not been the easiest of decades if you're trying to jump-start a career."

    She works for a design firm in Los Angeles that contracts with luxury apartment developers that build rental housing marketed to high-tech employees. She loves the work. But she struggles with Los Angeles' high costs.

    Moore says she could afford a monthly mortgage payment. But she lacks the savings for a down payment. About half her income, she calculates, is eaten up by rent, health insurance and student loan payments of $850 a month.

    As financial inequalities have widened over the past decade, racial disparities in wealth have worsened, too. The typical wealth for a white household is $171,000 — nearly 10 times that for African-Americans. That's up from seven times before the housing bubble, and it primarily reflects sharp losses in housing wealth for blacks. The African-American homeownership rate fell to a record low in the first three months of this year.

    Most economists argue that higher income growth is needed to make it easier for more Americans to save and build wealth.

    Zucman favors a higher minimum wage, cheaper access to college education and more family-friendly policies to enable more parents to work. He and his colleague Emmanuel Saez, also an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, helped formulate Sen. Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax on fortunes above $50 million to help pay for those proposals.

    Income growth has lagged partly because for most of the expansion, employers have had a surfeit of workers to choose among when filling jobs, leaving them little pressure to raise pay.

    Not until 2016 did the unemployment rate fall below 5%. Average hourly pay finally began to pick up, with the lowest-income workers receiving the fastest average gains.

    "Overall, there's growing inequality," Elise Gould, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute said, "with signs of hope at the bottom. It's just taken a very long time.

    Copyright © 2019 Associated Press, Christopher Rugaber, AP economics writer. All rights reserved.

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Southwest Florida Community Foundation will host a Public Grand Opening and Party in the Park to celebrate their new Collaboratory on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m.


    Party in the Park to include food trucks, live entertainment, free ice cream, games, tours and more  

    Located on the corner of Jackson Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 2031 Jackson Street in Fort Myers, the Collaboratory is a public-private partnership of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the City of Fort Myers. The transformation of the former Atlantic Coast Railway Depot and construction of a new addition creates a 24,000 square-foot campus that includes the Foundation’s regional headquarters and state-of-the-art shared space for the community and tenants.

    The celebration will include food trucks, live entertainment, free ice cream, games, tours, a blessing of the building and more. A brief program will begin at 2 p.m.  Valet parking will be available for handicap permits and guests with physical limitations. For more details and additional parking information, visit www.floridacommunity.com/Party.

    The Collaboratory features vibrant spaces for work, gatherings and special events. In addition, state-of-the-art technology encourages regional collaboration.

    The Community Foundation funded the project with a $10 million New Market Tax Credit deal, or NMTC, a program that encourages economic development in distressed neighborhoods. Florida Community Loan Fund provided the NMTC allocation and U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation is an investor on the project. Whitney Hancock Bank provided additional financing.

    The Atlantic Coast Line railway depot was presented to the city on Feb. 4, 1924, the same year Fort Myers was poised to join the Florida real estate boom of the 1920s. In the face of shrinking revenues, the Seaboard Coast Line (which had merged with ACL) sold its track, discontinued all passenger service into Fort Myers and closed the station in 1971. After sitting empty for a decade, the Southwest Florida Museum of History opened on the site in 1982. In 2015, the museum merged with the Imaginarium Science Center to form Imag, a science and history museum, and in recent years moved physically to the Imaginarium’s site at Cranford Ave.

     About the Southwest Florida Community FoundationThe Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $6.3 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of more than $126 million, it has provided $79.9 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are now located in the historic ACL Train Depot at Collaboratory in downtown Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County). For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com

  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    https://ccgsd-ccdgs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/National-Coming-Out-Day-Queer-11x17.jpgNational Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual civil awareness day internationally observed on October 11 to recognize members of the LGBTQ+ community. As you know the process of coming out involves self-disclosure of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

    Celebrate National Coming Out Day with HRC




  • Monday, October 08, 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Original Post on the HRC.org site

    More than ever, consumers are sending a message to businesses that they are watching. They are watching to see if the businesses they patronize understand and honor issues important to them, giving buying power to issues ranging from LGBTQ inclusiveness to environmental protection. Corporate social HRC.org Buyers Guideresponsibility has become an imperative for a successful business. With Buying for Workplace Equality, we hope to harness that power by providing you with the most accurate review of a business's workplace policies toward LGBTQ employees. Whether you are buying a cup of coffee or renovating your home, by supporting businesses that support workplace equality you send a powerful message that LGBTQ inclusion is good for the bottom line. We hope that you will use this guide as one component when determining if a business's social practices make it worthy of your dollars.

    Check out the guide at: https://www.hrc.org/apps/buyersguide/

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 8:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's been a tough summer, but we'll get through this together. Be part of #OneLee to help get our local businesses back on track. Eat. Shop. Play. Stay.

    For events, discounts, etc. check out Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau site.


  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NGLCC: The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce | Breaking News Alert


    BREAKING NEWS

    US House of Representatives Recognizes NGLCC and the Contributions of LGBT Business Owners

    U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) entrepreneurs and small business owners to our nation’s economy. 

    Murphy, Ros-Lehtinen, and Pocan (the only LGBTBE serving in Congress) introduced the resolution as a final honor during LGBT Pride Month, which takes place each June and celebrates the LGBT community in the United States and around the world.





    "We are so pleased that this resolution affirms what we have observed at NGLCC since our founding nearly twenty years ago: that America’s LGBT business owners are driving our economy ever upward and deserve every opportunity to keep creating jobs and innovating our industries that benefit all Americans. The estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners NGLCC advocates for and certifies as LGBT Business Enterprises have truly earned a place at the table of opportunity in both the public and private sectors. We thank Representatives Stephanie Murphy, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Mark Pocan for their leadership, and to all Members of Congress who believe in a fully inclusive economy that celebrates the diversity of America."

    -NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson

    and Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell

    We look forward to celebrating this milestone, and all of the accomplishments of the LGBT business community, at the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, August 14-17 in Philadelphia.To learn more and register, visit www.nglcc.org/nglcc18
  • Monday, June 04, 2018 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    NGLCC Decries SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling, Will Continue Asserting American Businesses Must Not Use Religion Against the LGBT Community

    June 4, 2018

    Washington, DC -- The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is deeply disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to pave a path toward the stripping of rights of LGBT Americans in the wake of its decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Despite the court’s narrow decision focused on the specifics of the Colorado law, NGLCC continues to assert that religious or personal convictions are not a valid reason to deny services or benefits to the LGBT community anywhere.  The Court’s decision did affirm the importance of nondiscrimination laws and the need to protect LGBT people from discrimination, but leave the ultimate questions about LGBT equal protection unanswered.

    The Masterpiece Cakeshop proceedings have always been about more than just cake. As the arguments were presented, the Supreme Court weighed the rights of LGBT people to freely access American businesses against the beliefs held by some store owners that their religious convictions preclude their businesses from serving LGBT people. Unfortunately, the Justices did not come down on the side of progress with a decision that could ultimately jeopardize the right of LGBT people and other diverse communities to freely patronize businesses and access public opportunities in their community.  

    “The success of America’s society and economy depend on us upholding the social contract of mutual accountability and respect, yet the Supreme Court has now given a path toward state-sanctioned license to discriminate in this country. The LGBT community is a vital part of the American economy and deserves equal treatment under the law, and NGLCC will continue to advocate for our community’s right to live their lives free from discrimination in their places of business and in their local communities,” said NGLCC co-founder & President, Justin Nelson

    While this decision is undeniably a potential step backward for LGBT rights in the United States, it also threatens a larger framework of protections for other minority groups, including people of color, the differently abled, and women. As a direct result of this decision, civil rights laws across the country may now be reconsidered or potentially nullified if found to be similarly applied against religious intolerance.

    “As NGLCC’s work has demonstrated, LGBT inclusion is associated with higher levels of entrepreneurship and is linked to GDP growth, whereas LGBT discrimination goes hand-in-hand with a decline in productivity and success. This decision by the Supreme Court to add additional potential barriers for LGBT Americans who only wish to contribute to the US economy as full and equal citizens will damage the American economy and the economies of the businesses who participate in this discrimination,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell.

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