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  • Monday, June 04, 2018 20:00 | 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.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 13:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Original Story  from The Washington Press

    There’s green in being gay: LGBT businesses contribute $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy

    By Gene Marks January 23, 2017 Email the author

    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), a trade group that represents businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders, reported this week that the typical LGBT business has been in business, on average, for more than 12 years and that LGBT businesses contribute more than $1.7 trillion to the U.S. economy and have created more than 33,000 jobs.

    The report serves as a reminder of the enormous and growing role LGBT entrepreneurs and business owners have in the United States. But it also sends a message to the community: if you’re an LGBT business then get certified as one. Otherwise, you’re missing out on some money.

    More than 10 years ago the chamber created a certification program to recognize its best-in-class members. According to the chamber’s press release “over a third of the Fortune 500, many top federal agencies (including the Small Business Administration, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Agriculture), the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, major urban municipalities (including King County, WA; Essex County, NJ; and San Francisco, CA), and the Public Utilities Commission of California actively seek out certified LGBT businesses

    Is it wise for a gay business owner to shout out their sexual orientation to the world? After all, many in this country have objections to their lifestyle. The publicity could be harmful. Customers could be lost.

    Then again, there’s customers to be won.

    My takeaway?  If you’re an LGBT business owner, then get certified as one.  There’s green in being gay!

    Gene Marks owns the Marks Group, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Marks is an author and a certified public accountant, and he writes regularly for The Post’s On Small Business blog. For more about Marks, visit genemarks.com.
    Follow @genemarks

  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 17:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 18:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sign Up for Our Medical Marijuana Educational Session

    The event starts promptly at 6 pm at Advanced Advanced Individualized Medicine of Naples, 720 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 204, Naples, FL  34102.

    We will provide information about Medical Marijuana from 6 pm to 7 pm and from 7-9 pm will be individual consults for those interested.

    Register here as space is limited and RSVP is required

  • Saturday, October 28, 2017 00:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    See what business strategist Jenn T. Grace has to say about LGBT small businesses Resources, Supplier Diversity, LGBT Certification and even The benefits of a local LGBT chamber of commerce



  • Wednesday, October 25, 2017 06:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Second Annual “NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week” To Be Convened in Washington, DC Nov 14-17, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    October 24, 2017

    Washington, DC—The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is proud to announce NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week in Washington, DC, November 14-17, 2017. Hosted by NGLCC in partnership with leaders and organizations committed to expanding global LGBTI economic opportunities, it will be the second annual summit to bring together global leaders, economic development and human rights experts, governments, and the private sector to cultivate a more socially and economically inclusive world.

    This dynamic, multi-day series of events will focus on sharing new thought leadership and existing best practices for global LGBTI economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and development. In this, it will highlight innovative and cutting-edge technological solutions to promote entrepreneurship, showcase a dynamic partnership that seeks to fill the evidence-base on LGBTI economic development, and share expertise on using businesses as agents of change. 

    “NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week speaks to the heart of the mission of NGLCC Global: to build an inclusive global economy in which LGBTI entrepreneurs and their allied business partners are free to trade, develop, and succeed. Governments, multinational corporations, and small business each play a role in the critical connection between LGBTI human rights and economic development,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “As nations move toward greater inclusion and opportunity, the result is a proven boost in a national economic output. We’re so pleased to present the second year of this annual week of celebration and education focusing on sustainable equity and economic strength for the global LGBTI community. Together with our global partners, we will ensure our community thrives on every continent.” 

    Presenting partners for this historic week include the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) of the United States, as well as the OAS Department of Social Inclusion, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) LGBTI Rapporteurship, the Embassy of the República Oriental del Uruguay, the United Nations Office Of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Business Council for the United Nations, and the United Nations Foundation.

    The findings of the week will be presented at the NGLCC National Dinner in Washington, DC, to highlight the ever-growing contributions of the LGBTI community and its global allies to create jobs, grow economies, and dramatically improve perceptions about LGBTI people in their countries.
    More information, agenda, and registration can be found here.

    # # #

    NGLCC MEDIA CONTACT:

    Jonathan Lovitz
    Senior Vice President
    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® (NGLCC)
    jlovitz@nglcc.org |1.954.695.5896

    NGLCC GLOBAL CONTACT:

    Phil Crehan
    Director, NGLCC Global
    National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce® (NGLCC)
    pcrehan@nglcc.org | 1.202.234.9181

    # # #

    ABOUT NGLCC:

    The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce 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. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org | @NGLCC

    ABOUT NGLCC GLOBAL:

    NGLCC Global, the international division of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, connects LGBTI-owned and -allied companies, multinational corporations, and international affiliate chamber leaders and members. Together they promote the growth of small businesses and provide the quickest and most effective path to broad-based economic advancement and empowerment of the global LGBTI community.


  • Tuesday, October 03, 2017 15:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out SWFL Pride site for additional information and/or changes to the event.

    Saturday, October 7th:
    SWFL PRIDE 2017 from noon – 5:30pm at The Alliance for The Arts (10091 McGregor Blvd).

    The festival will include plenty of on-site and nearby free parking. SWFL Pride is a family friendly event, the vendor market will include service organizations, local and national community organizations, social organizations, area non-profits, supportive religious organizations, games & activities, shopping plus plenty of food and drinks.

    Additionally, the amphitheater stage will be filled with fabulous entertainment, featuring national touring artist Kelly Neff, B103.9’s DJ Mad Mel, DJ Kooshie, DJ Nickolas Quartez, local drag queens and kings and so much more! Please bring a chair, CASH and please no coolers! As much as we love our furry friends… due to insurance reasons, we ask you to please leave your animals at home (rain or shine).
    Suggested $5 donation.


    Sunday, October 8th: SWFL Pride Tea Dance from 2:00pm -6:00pm at Celsius in downtown Fort Myers (2213 Main St.).

    On the Sunday following SWFL Pride, Pride-SWFL will be sponsoring a Tea Dance. The theme for this year’s Tea Dance coincides with the theme for SWFL Pride in a celebration of sunny Florida and a recognition of the Pride that fills each year’s annual commemoration, through a coming together in an expression of resilience.

    Attendees will join in dancing, fun, and good music. There will be a cash bar, drag show and featured DJs such as DJ Mad Mel, DJ Kooshie, and DJ Nickolas Quartez. 
    Suggested $5 donation.


  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Get-IT network will be holding their next meeting October 7th and will have a guest speaker from the Florida Legal Rural Services and will discus how to legally change your name and official documents for free!

    This is both for adults and children/parents. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Get-IT network or FL Legal Rural Services.

    Join them and please share this if you know someone that might be interested

    Contact Get-IT at:
    info@get-it.network

    http://get-it.network/
  • Friday, September 15, 2017 05:18 | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Arlene Goldberg, founding member and board member of the Southwest Florida Harmony Chamber of Commerce, joined demonstrators from across the U.S. to participate in the annual Equality March in Washington, D.C: “This is personal for me. No one should experience the fear and anxiety [my late wife] Carol and I endured for so many years.”

    June is National LGBT Pride Month. This year, I joined several thousand demonstrators from across the U.S. to participate in the annual Equality March in Washington, D.C. It was an amazing show of solidarity to support equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

    Sadly, this year’s celebration also marks a somber occasion, as we remember the 49 victims killed and others injured in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando one year ago. Many of the victims were LGBT Hispanic young people. This horrific event underscores the need to stamp out hatred toward LGBT people and all minority communities to prevent future targeted acts of violence.

    This month, we also celebrate the two-year anniversary that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide. This ruling was a milestone for the LGBT community and our fight for equality under the law. I wish my late wife, Carol, had been with me on that day to see it happen. Carol and I were partners for 47 years before she passed away in 2014, one year before the historic decision was delivered.

    Carol and my marriage was the first same-sex marriage to be recognized by the state of Florida. We were married in a legal ceremony in New York in 2011. But when we returned to our home in Fort Myers, our marriage was not recognized at that time in our home state. Following Carol’s death, with the help of the ACLU of Florida, I challenged the state of Florida in court to be listed as Carol’s surviving legal spouse on her death certificate and prevailed. Carol’s death certificate was amended to recognize us as a married couple. Four months later, in January 2015, the Florida Supreme Court allowed marriage equality to proceed for same-sex couples in the state. Continue reading on News-Press.com

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 23:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Link to the Original Article on Financial Planner LA

    Love the Best Gay Financial Planner

    Why a Gay Financial Planner Just Might Be Best for You

    In ordinary times, the politics of who works with you and your money shouldn’t matter a lick.  But hoo boy, my friends, these are far from ordinary times.  That’s why having a gay, or at least a gay-friendly, financial planner can make the going a little better for all parties.

     By David Rae Certified Financial Planner™, Accredited Investment Fiduciary™

     The demographic truth is that that the financial planning industry – my industry – is mostly older, whiter and more socially conservative that the population as a whole.  Mind you, just because your adviser is a 65-year-old Trump supporter doesn’t necessarily mean he (and in this case he probably is a ‘he’) is a big ol’ homophobe.  But aside from some notable, admirable exceptions (I’m doffing my hat to you Mike Bloomberg), fiscal conservatives aren’t exactly out there speaking up for LGBT rights.  Some, in fact, may be blatantly hostile to them.

     What difference does any of this make when it comes to financial planning? Quite simply, the way you spend and allocate your money has everything to do with who you are and how you live. It follows that if someone has a visceral prejudice against your very existence, how can you trust them to have your best interests at heart?

     So here are the top reasons you may be happier with a LGBT  gay or gay-friendly financial planner:

     

    1 – Worldview of a Gay Financial Planner

    Every time I go to a financial industry event I’m reminded how conservative many advisers are.  They may be nice guys, but wow do we see the world differently.  I’ve spoken to many women who describe their families advisor as creepy.  Not exactly how I’d want to be described, or a skill I’d like for in my financial planner.

     A gay financial planner will more likely share your social and political views. Why is this important? In a nutshell it gets down to trust and empathy. In today’s climate it’s very difficult to trust someone or feel empathy for – or in turn be trusted by or feel empathy from – someone with a vastly different political orientation. (This is an unfortunate by-product about how our brains are wired. But the moral and ethical implications of neuroscience are a conversation for another day.) Hopefully, this means hiring someone you can trust. If you find that you can more easily trust someone who is gay or gay-friendly, then so be it.  (I’m no Pollyanna, mind you. I’m well aware that there are plenty of amazing and wonderful straight people just as I know there are nefarious and dastardly gay ones.)

     Then there is the business of making your money walk the talk. For all the gay alt-right Peter Thiels or self-hating homophobic Milo Yiannopoulouses out there, there are millions more of us who want to put our money where our hearts are and support our brethren in LGBT businesses.

     

    2 – Lifestyle comprehension- The Best Gay Financial Planner Advantage

    We’d like to think that the closet is history but in many parts of the country staying ‘in’ can literally be a matter of survival.

     Over the years I’ve spoken with tons of people who were afraid to come out to their financial professionals. This is a supposedly trustworthy person whose brief is to guide you towards financial freedom. But if they don’t know what truly motivates you and what you are looking to accomplish, how can they possibly offer the best advice for your specific goals and the time frame in which to accomplish them?

     I’ve also literally reviewed financial plans where the sex of the second spouse was changed to cover the fact that this was an LGBT couple.  Two glaring problems present themselves here:

    1)  The input of both spouses were not included. Financial Planning for couples (gay or straight) is not a solo sport.

    2) Health care needs and life expectancy are quite different if a couple is two women, versus two men.  The difference may not be dramatic now, but can prove quite sizable over time.

     Does marriage equality mean the end of LGBT-specific financial planning?

    I’m guessing no and that the best LGBT-oriented financial planning is here to stay even if, we hope and pray, homophobia eventually gives up the ugly ghost.

     The good news is that the LGBTQ community has achieved legal marriage equality. With that equality comes all the rights and responsibilities of marriage. When it comes to income taxes and estate planning, this has really helped level the playing field for LGBT citizens by granting access to spousal benefits like Social Security and additional retirement account options.

    But alas, marriage equality does not mean an end to the unique challenges facing LGBT seniors. From ingrained homophobia throughout much of the country, to unique health care issues and needs.  Plus, gay seniors may differ in priorities, interests, hobbies and ideal retirement options.  Case in point, I’m still in the prime of my working life but I can’t imagine that my biased (and stereotypical) gay tastes are going to change when I’m older. I’ll always prefer discussing the play Hamilton to a play-by-play analysis of Superbowl Whatever. (Kidding here on that last bit, my father played in Superbowl XI with the Oakland Raiders. Fair warning, pal, I can talk sports with the best of them).

    Best Gay Financial Planner Unicorn ChihuahuaThis Unicorn may not be real, but the Best Gay Financial Planner is.

    Checklist essentials for a Gay Financial Plan

    Choosing the best gay financial planner is one of the more important decisions you’ll ever make as an adult. Here’s what to look for:

    • Make sure your financial advisor provides the services that you need to help you accomplish your specific financial goals. Maybe they’re great for the guy down the block but that doesn’t mean they’ll be good for you.
    • Upgrade to a person who actually does comprehensive financial planning as opposed to just selling investments or insurance products.
    • Look for professional designations like Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Investment Fiduciary™.
    • Make sure your financial planner works on the Fiduciary Standard. This means that they put your financial best interests before their own and must offer unbiased advice. Want to know if they are working under the fiduciary standard? Just ask.
    • If you are approaching retirement, you may also want to consider your advisor’s age. If they are much older than you, will they still be working when you need them most in the later years of your own retirement? If not, is there a younger partner in place to assure seamless succession?

     If your prospective financial advisor passes muster with flying colors on all the above, then you ask if he or she is a fiscally fabulous LGBT Financial Planner. Affirmative? Hop on your unicorn and ride on over to their office and let them help you maximize your money while you maximize your life.

    Best Gay Financial Planner LA David RAE


    David Rae is one of the top LGBT Financial Planners in the Country


    Live for Today, But Plan for Tomorrow. Gay Money Matters.

     

     DAVID RAE, CFP®, AIF® is a Los Angeles-based retirement planner with DRM Wealth Management. He has been helping friends of the LGBT community reach their financial goals for over a decade. A regular contributor to the Advocate Magazine, Investopedia and Huffington Post as well as the author of the Financial Planner Los Angeles Blog. He lives in West Hollywood with his husband and two Chihuahuas. For more information check out his Fiduciary Financial Planning Website www.davidraefp.com

    The opinions voiced in this article are for general information only.
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