LGBT Entrepreneurs: Their Social Responsibilities and HIV

  • August 21, 2014
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The LGBT population is one of most financially powerful groups in the US. Members of that community have recently carried out efforts to replicate their successes and economic growth in analogous communities in Latin America. The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is a division of the United States Chamber of Commerce that has started a Global network of LGBT Chambers of Commerce in order to economically empower local LGBT communities and also identify and grow businesses in those communities.

In this context, entrepreneurs of the United States NGLCC visited Mexico a few months ago to carry out the second LGBT Summit of the Americas and to promote the growth of small businesses in the community. According to the NGLCC, such steps are the most effective way to empower and economically advance the global LGBT community. The Summit of the Americas, which was held in April 2014, provided a space for collaboration amongst owners of LGBT businesses, and to discuss business opportunities, the best ways to support LGBT businesses, and the next steps in the establishment of national and local LGBT chambers of Commerce in Latin America. Present were business leaders representing several economies in America, including Canada, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay. Growth was also discussed in the LGBT travel and tourism industries, the inclusion of LGBT people in the labor market and of LGBT companies in the supply chain, and the links that can be created between American businesspeople and their Mexican counterparts.

Unfortunately, left untouched was the matter of social responsibility of businesses, both LGBT and non-LGBT, towards people in their communities with HIV/AIDS. For this reason, advocacy organization Corresponsales Clave spoke with the organizers of the Congress to discuss the topic. According to Stan Kilmer, business consultant, every business has social responsibilities, and it would be ideal if business whose owners were members of the LGBT community made a greater effort to use their influence to deal with the problems that most affect the LGBT communities, such as discrimination and HIV/AIDS.

Companies, and especially those whose owners are part of the LGBT population, can play a very important role in reducing stigma and discrimination, as well as in the progress of prevention, education and treatment of HIV/AIDS. As their economic power grows, so will their political and social power, and the ability of such businesses to improve these problems, nationally and globally.

Source: Corresponsales Clave