FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2018
Michael Lintecum (913) 269-7960
Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
2018 Public Policy Platform
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The Mid-America GLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in Mid-America.
To ensure all individuals are able to participate in the broad market economy, we take the following positions regarding public policy.
We support an open marketplace that respects and serves all customers regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. In order for our community to thrive economically, we should not implement artificial barriers that alienate individuals and prevent them from receiving products and services, including barriers premised on religious freedom.
We encourage our business members to engage in the NGLCC LGBT-Certification process and achieve LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) status to enhance their ability to serve public and corporate entities.
We encourage all levels of government and corporations to include LGBTBE businesses in their contracting policies, rules and regulations.
We support non-discrimination protections for LGBT individuals promoting equal access to employment, housing, credit, public spaces and services, education, and government funded programs at all levels of government.
Gender Identity and Expression
We believe in the fundamental right of an individual to express their gender identity in a way that corresponds to who they are. Whether in the office, restroom or any other public place, individuals should be free to express their gender identity without fear of repercussion or persecution.
Mid-America GLCC knows the importance of a healthy workforce. We encourage businesses of all sizes to adopt health care policies that are fully inclusive to all members of the workforce. Policies and laws should require that all employees and their families be treated the same regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
We support strong families as the foundation of healthy communities and economies. Adoption rights should be extended to all individuals, and adoption benefits should be offered to all employees regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
We support laws that would promote safe, healthy homes for LGBT families.
At this time, the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce does not endorse candidates. The Mid-America GLCC is a 501(c) 6 organization.