July 26, -- If the gay and lesbian community can thank Dr. Laura Schlessinger for anything, it might be that the outspoken radio personality has shown how important the gay and lesbian market is to corporate America. While the size and scope of the gay market is difficult to determine since most market research reflects only those respondents who are openly gay , much of the research done to date shows that gay consumers often have more disposable income. One recent finding by Simmons Market Research Bureau showed that gay consumers are two times as likely to own a vacation home, 5. Demographics aside, gay activists note the brand loyalty of the gay consumer is something that many companies would do well to attract. Laura has been the most obvious demonstration of our influence as a market.
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Driving the economic growth and advancement of our Members through equitable access to business education, resources, and opportunities. Visions and Dreams need room to grow. Being a part of Out Georgia Business Alliance has provided a safe space for nonprofits like U First to thrive and reach limitless possibilities. Building relationships and impacting lives have been one of our greatest accomplishments as part of this community. We have many more miles to travel. While on staff with Atlanta Pride, the connections I made with other members allowed me to identify valuable small business partners and secure resources such as food donations for our volunteers. The opening of doors to new opportunities in addition to partnering with member businesses to support my work has been immeasurable.
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The battle for LGBT rights has demonstrated the power of boycotts — or the threat of them — in trying to turn back policies seen as discriminatory. But this development includes a twist: in a growing number of cases, the moral stands are being taken by corporations. With the response comes the implied warning that they could take their resources, jobs and money-making events and go elsewhere. The latest examples are North Carolina, which just passed a law restricting cities' ability to pass anti-discrimination measures, and Georgia, where Gov. Nathan Deal is considering signing a bill that allows businesses to cite religious beliefs to deny service to gay and lesbian couples.
In the past ten years or so, everything from nonprofits to digital hubs have developed to serve this community from almost every possible business and networking angle. All you have to do is start your search today to find the right resources for LGBT businesses resource for you. This section provides links to LGBT friendly funding opportunities. Provides small business loans and support for underrepresented small business owners, including minority women, veterans, and other groups.