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Gay Business Leaders Use Pride Week To Push Policy

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By Peter Granitz

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in Capital Pride this week. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender business leaders hope people recognize it’s more than just a party and parade.

Justin Nelson is the president of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He wants to connect LGBT business leaders this week, hoping they’ll relay information on to city leaders across the country.

Nelson says some cities like Washington allow LGBT- owned businesses to be treated as small and disadvantaged businesses and other cities should follow the lead.

“Businesses here have a lot of great opportunities that they may not know about, and that’s some of what we’ll cover,” says Nelson.

Nelson and other LGBT businesses owners hope to discuss and push federal policies this week too, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and domestic partner taxes.

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