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


Policy Roundtable Video Archive

What to do when you experience a civil rights violation (YouTube)
Speaker: Colleen Melody, Wing Luke Civil Rights Division 

LGBTQ legislation in the 2020 session (YouTube)
Panelists: Catherine West, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Monisha Harrell

Interview with Speaker Jinkins & Senate Majority Leader Billig (YouTube)

2019 Legislative Review with Rep. Macri & Senator Liias 
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After several years of advocacy, GSBA's leadership led to the creation of the Washington State LGBTQ Commission. We are proud to have representation by GSBA staff, board, and Scholar alumni on the Commission among many close community partners from around the state. Read more about the Washington LGBTQ Commission here.

In December 2019, Public Affairs Co-Chair Bryan Adamson interviewed Commission Executive Director Manny Santiago, about his ideas on how to best represent the whole community. Watch the video

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One of the most important events of 2020 is the decennial U.S. Census. It is critical for everyone to be counted.

Queer the Census Washington Coalition

Why should LGBTQ people care about the Census?

How can small businesses be involved in the Census?

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).

Policy Roundtable

Are you interested in LGBTQ and/or small business policy issues? GSBA's regular Policy Roundtable comes together to discuss issues of importance to the LGBTQ and small business communities. We often bring in elected officials, advocates, and other policymakers to present to our members.The Roundtable is a mix of in-person events and online events to fully engage the broad membership of GSBA across Washington.

Attendance FREE and is open to all GSBA members.

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