Established in 1981, GSBA is Washington State's LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, and the largest of its kind in North America. We represent over 1,300 small business, corporate and nonprofit members who share GSBA’s values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.
GSBA is widely respected throughout the region for its effectiveness in business development, representing the business voice, connecting community through business, advocating for civil rights and business, promoting LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle
, and investing in the next generation of leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Fund
Membership Access Commitment: We welcome all LGBTQ and allied businesses who share our commitment to advancing equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion in business. If you wish to join GSBA but are from an underserved LGBTQ community (people of color, trans, gender diverse, veteran, disabled business owner, or from another underserved community), don’t let the size of your budget determine whether or not you can be a GSBA member.
If our dues structure creates a barrier for your membership, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to ensure your business is able to join GSBA. We acknowledge that a vibrant global economy is strengthened through the full participation of diverse local communities.
Community Membership | $150
- An opportunity for individuals to show support for LGBTQ and allied businesses and to promote equality in business
- (1) personal listing in the GSBA Online Directory
- New member orientation, Breakfast & Benefits
- Connection to the LGBTQ non-profit community
- Member-rate to all events
- Subscription to print magazine, The Perspective, and eNewsletter
- Community Members may not advertise a business through any GSBA advertising platforms.
This membership level replaces the Individual, Retiree, and Young Professional memberships.
Elected Officials & Government Services Membership | $150
- Includes all the benefits of a Small Business Membership
GSBA began engaging in lobbying activities in 2017, and as such, we are reporting to all GSBA members the percentage of those lobbying activities (expenses) as they relate to total membership dues. Your dues payment as a business expense for the year 2019 will be limited by the percentage of dues that went towards supporting lobbying activities, and only the remaining portion of your dues can be claimed as an expense on your federal tax return.
For 2019, the percentage of non-deductible dues pertaining to your tax return is 4.8%.
Lobbying funds are primarily related to educating elected state officials and their staff on the issues on our legislative agenda. If you have any questions about the implications of this information, we recommend you discuss with your accountant(s). If you need further information from GSBA regarding this topic, please contact us via email or by phone 206.363.9188.