Advocacy



Advocacy is one of the four pillars of GSBA in our mission to combine business development, leadership, and social action to expand economic opportunities for the LGBT community and those who support equality for all. Founded with a social justice mission,GSBA is proud to be an avowedly progressive business organization. Representing the voice of our community, of our businesses, and of our nonprofits is critical. It is the membership that drives our policy work - each of our civic engagement events is organized by and for our members. 

GSBA priorities during the 2018 legislative session


Banning conversion therapy (SB 5722) - Would protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors against exposure to serious harms caused by conversion therapy. Performing conversion therapy would be considered unprofessional conduct for any licensed health care provider and subject them to losing their license. Learn more.

Preventing harassment and bullying of transgender students (SB 5766) - Expands the existing law prohibiting the harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student to specifically include transgender students. Learn more.

Require long-term care providers to be trained on LGBTQ issues (SB 5700) - Requires long-term care workers to include LGBTQ cultural competency as part of their continuing education program.

Update the Uniform Parentage Act (SB 6037) - Strengthens protections for LGBTQ parents and non-biological parents. Would allow for compensated surrogacy while protecting health, wellbeing, and autonomy of women acting as surrogates.

Support the Equal Pay Act (HB 1506) - Would protect workers from practices that perpetuate inequality. Allows workers to discuss and inquire about pay without retaliation. Requires pay to be based on bona fide job-related criteria. Learn more.

Create a statewide tourism marketing fund (SHB 1123, SSB 5251) - Create a marketing plan and campaign focusing on bringing more tourists to WA, managed by a nonprofit entity representing the geographic and cultural diversity of the state. WA is the only state in the country without a tourism board, and the significant economic opportunities brought by tourism will be a boon to small businesses.

Other priorities - GSBA is very active during session and is supporting many other efforts such as the Voting Rights Act, net neutrality, creating uniform statewide business regulations, and more.
Find our who are your elected officials and register to vote or update your registration at MyVote (part of the Washington Secretary of State's office).

Public Policy Task Force


Are you interested in LGBT and/or small business policy issues? GSBA's monthly Public Policy Task Force comes together to discuss issues of importance to the LGBT and small business communities. We often bring in elected officials, advocates, and other policymakers to present to our members.

PPTF meets on the third Monday of every month, except where otherwise noted.

Attendance FREE and is open to all GSBA members

Please contact Matt Landers, GSBA Public Policy and Communications Manager for more information.



GSBA Blog: Advocacy Posts


Member Candidate: Mac McGregor for Seattle City Council

by Mac McGregor
| Jul 24, 2017
GSBA has several members on the ballot this year. GSBA does not endorse candidates for elected office, but we are pleased to offer them a chance to speak to their fellow members.

McGregor2017Hi, My name is Mac McGregor and I am running for City Council Seat 8.

I am the city's 1st transgender candidate for any office and will be the 1st transgender person to be on any ballot in the state of WA. Why is that important you may ask? It is important because having diverse voices and perspectives at the decision making tables brings new possibilities and a perspective like mine has never been at the table.The 1st 40 years of my life I spend as a female athlete and small business owner so I understand the struggles women in our community deal with for equal opportunities, pay, and recognition. I will work tirelessly to end the gender pay gap in our city.

I am a fierce advocate for all marginalized communities and for middle and lower income folks. I was appointed on Seattle’s LGBT Commission by the Mayor in 2011 and served until 2016 working for LGBTQ folks in our community. I have taught community safety and self-defense in Capitol Hill for the last six years on a donation basis so that it is accessible to ALL.  I want to lower the barriers to success for everyone in our city. I believe in raising up those in marginalized communities and that by doing so we ALL benefit.

I understand the struggles of Seattle residents and have struggled along-side you. My wife and I are renters in this city living with a teenager living on under 50 thousand a year. I will work for rent control and affordable housing.  I have pledged to not take contributions from developers and corporations so that I truly represent the individual citizens interests.

I believe that our cities homeless situation is at a crisis point and should be our highest priority. I believe wholeheartedly in what Martin Luther King said "We will never be a 1st class nation as long as we have 2nd class citizens." That works for our city as well.

Education and the environment are our future and we have to fully fund education and do everything possible to protect our environment.

As a former small business owner for 23 years I advocate for small businesses and a proud member of the GSBA.

We have to build bridges between marginalized communities and police and have a citizen run use of force review board, so that no one is afraid to call the police for help.

I am proud that we are a sanctuary city and will work to protect all of our residents - I am asking for your support - vote Mac McGregor for city council. www.votemacmcgregor.com