Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Must one be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) to join GSBA?
A: Anyone who supports GSBA's mission and Code of Ethics is eligible to join. Those who support our mission but are not L, G, B or T, are considered Allied.
Q: Where can I find information about GSBA's membership benefits?
A: You can find information right here online or you're welcome to call the GSBA office at (206) 363-9188 to request a membership brochure.
Q: What if I'm not in business or a professional, can GSBA still offer me anything?
A: GSBA members work in the for-profit, non-for-profit and public sectors representing business and professional leaders who are self-employed/sole proprietors, Business Owners, CEO's, elected officials, government employees and students and retirees. GSBA membership offers even more than business networking and marking opportunities - GSBA offers visibility, advocacy, connection with the nonprofit community and support of the next generation of LGBT and Allied leaders through the GSBA Scholarship Program. GSBA is a thriving and diverse community.
Q: If I live or work outside of Seattle, does it still make sense for me to join GSBA?
A: GSBA is the largest chamber of its kind in the United States. Since its founding in 1981, it has grown to become a strong regional chamber as much as a Seattle-specific chamber. GSBA's membership has grown beyond Seattle and has members from all around the Greater Puget Sound Region. Having a large, broad constituency also helps GSBA more effectively advocate for those who live or work in less inclusive areas of Western Washington.
Q: Do I have to be a GSBA member to attend GSBA programs and events?
A: Everyone is welcome to attend GSBA's programs and events, but only members may advertise in GSBA publications and enjoy the benefit of significantly reduced fees to particpate in events.
Q: What makes GSBA different than other business chambers?
A: GSBA is as much a community as it is a business chamber. GSBA members are loyal and steadfast in their commitment to a code of ethics that stands for diversity and inclusiveness, providing quality services and products and a commitment to philanthropy and investing in the future through the GSBA scholarship program. Most of our 1,000 members say they may have joined first for business reasons but remain connected to GSBA because of the sense of community the organization was founded on and is still known for today.
Q: Why does GSBA not include the word gay in the organization's name?
A: GSBA was founded in 1981, which was a very different time in relation to the LGBT community's struggle for equality. Also, like many other LGBT organizations, GSBA strives for inclusiveness. It remains a challenge to fit everyone under one umbrella in using the term "gay." It even remains challenging to fit everyone under the umbrella of LGBT & Allied. For those reasons and more the organization continues to use the original name it was founded under and the name which has more than 25 years of brand equity.
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