Guiding Principles

As a chamber of commerce by and for the LGBTQ community and its allies, the policy work of GSBA is centered around two main areas: Civil Rights and Economic Prosperity. With the GSBA Scholarship Fund, Education is another important policy area for the organization. GSBA remains a leader in the LGBTQ community as well as in the business community, providing an important and unique voice and perspective.

GSBA’s top priorities will always be the areas where LGBTQ civil rights and economic development intersect, where our expertise is the strongest. Due to the diverse needs of a broad membership organization and participation in a variety of coalitions, many other related issues will arise. GSBA’s first priority will always be those issues with a particular impact on the LGBTQ community, and will next prioritize based on where our voice is unique, our expertise is relevant, or our affinity is particularly strong. GSBA often works in coalition with allied organizations and communities, and will frequently sign on in support of their efforts where others are leading the policy fight.

Proud of our role as a convener and as a nonpartisan constructive voice, GSBA will strive to be present at any negotiating table that our capacity allows. GSBA’s goals always include the creation of good policy over politics.

GSBA’s advocacy work as the progressive business voice in Washington is guided by the following principles:

  • Demand economic prosperity, safety, and health for the LGBTQ community
  • Expand, protect, and promote LGBTQ civil rights
  • Promote the vitality and development of small businesses
  • Demand equal access and opportunity for all underserved communities
  • Foster active and informed civic engagement

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Census Day was April 1, 2020. Amid the pandemic, it is more important than ever to be counted in the decennial U.S. Census, as these numbers are what will help determine how relief funds are allocated among the states. You can complete the Census online now at

Learn about how the LGBTQ community is represented - or not - in the Census, and why it is so important for every LGBTQ person to complete the Census with our partners at Queer the Census WA.

For more information on how small businesses can encourage their employees and customers to fill out the Census, visit our partner at Ready Nation and their Business for the 2020 Census page.

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).

Civic Engagement Series

Washington's primary election is on August 4 and the general election is on November 3, and there are hundreds of candidates running at every level who are looking to share their visions for communities all around the state. GSBA will bring together members, candidates, campaign leaders, and political experts to talk about the big issues that can be influenced at the ballot box in coming months. Join us every third Monday of the month and on other special occasions for this free online series.  

Please contact Matt Landers, GSBA Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, for more information.