Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Member Price: $60.00
Non-Member Price: $75.00
Address: 255 S King St, Seattle, WA
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
Phone: 206-363-9188
Add event to: ICal Outlook Google Calendar
Get Directions
Add to Calendar

LGBTQ rights are under attack across the world. We are silenced, our existence is criminalized and in some countries, we are subjected to arrest and even murder. Simply because of who we are and whom we love.

Does your company understand its responsibility in the countries it operates? As LGBTQ and allied business leaders, we can raise awareness and leverage the power of business to make a difference by supporting the struggles for LGBTQ rights on a global scale. Make Pride meaningful this year by hearing how you can make a difference and change lives.

You will get to hear directly from Fabrice Houdart with the Office of the UN High Court Commissioner for Human Rights and Project Lead on global standards of conduct for businesses on tackling LGBTI discrimination. Joining him will be Siri May, UN Program Coordinator for OutRight Action International, as well as Clara Ria "Claire" A. Padilla, founder and Executive Director of EnGendeRights in the Philippines. This extraordinary panel will be facilitated by Amie Bishop, consultant on global health and human rights.

Directory Reveal
It wouldn’t be Pride if you didn’t have your hot-off-the-press copy of the 2018-2019 GSBA Guide & Directory, your number-one marketing tool!

Pride Business Expo
In addition to the incredible program, we invite you to join us at 11:00 a.m. for our mini Pride business expo, featuring businesses in the travel, tourism, and hospitality sectors.

Featured Guests:

Fabrice Houdart
| @HoudartUN | Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Fabrice works on the Free & Equal campaign, an unprecedented United Nations global public education campaign for LGBTI equality. He also leads a project on global standards of conduct for business on tackling LGBTI discrimination, with over 100 signatories to date. Previously Fabrice worked at the World Bank, managing a grant providing the first estimate of the economic costs of homophobia as well as socioeconomic surveys of LGBTI people. He holds a BA in economics and management from Dauphine University in Paris and an MBA from American University in D.C. He serves on the board of Alturi and is a trustee of ICWA. He lives in New York with twin sons Maxime and Eitan.

Siri May | @Siri_May_UN Program Coordinator, OutRight Action International
Siri holds a career dedicated to social justice, with over 15 years experience working for nonprofits and government agencies in the areas of human rights and public health. She previously served with the Australian Human Rights Commission and had a long career in the Australian nonprofit sector dedicated to LGBT health and HIV. Siri has served on the boards of The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ACON, The Anwernekenhe National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. She holds a Bachelor of Economic & Social Sciences from the University of Sydney and is completing her Masters of Law with Monash University in Australia.

Clara Rita "Claire" A. Padilla | Founder & Executive Director, EnGendeRights
Attorney Claire Padilla founded EnGendeRights, an LGBTI-led organization with a long track record championing the rights to equality and non-discrimination of women and LGBTI persons in the Philippines. She has been practicing law for over 24 years and is known internationally for her work in the fields of gender; gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive health; and sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. She has helped draft language in non-discrimination bills, argued for LGBTI groups in front of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and worked at the United Nations to raise LGBTI issues in treaty debates.


11:00am - 12:00pm  |  Mini Pride Business Expo

  • Come visit dozens of GSBA businesses on display and find out more about their PRIDE in business.
  • To register your business for the expo or to become a Pride Business sponsor, email

12:00pm - 1:30pm |  Luncheon Program

  • Be the first to receive the new 2018-2019 GSBA Guide & Directory!
  • Hear from internationally recognized speakers Fabrice HoudartSiri May, and Clara Rita "Claire" A. Padilla!
  • Enjoy a fantastic lunch in the company of others who support equality!


  • Meat: Farm Green Salad: baby greens, shaved radish, shaved cucumber, sherry vinaigrette; Free-range chicken breast, buttermilk creamed spinach, and foraged mushroom; chocolate venire: dark chocolate custard, graham cracker crumble, macerated strawberries.
  • Vegetarian and Gluten-free: Farm Green Salad: baby greens, shaved radish, shaved cucumber, sherry vinaigrette; English pea risotto with smoked tofu and blistered cherry tomatoes; chocolate venire: dark chocolate custard, graham cracker crumble, macerated strawberries.
  • Vegan: Upon request.

Showcase your business at the Pride Business Luncheon by sponsoring the luncheon or providing a festive giveaway for our drawing.

Presenting Sponsor


Luncheon Sponsors

Community Partners

Photo Gallery

Scroll through recent photos from this event

Join or Renew Today

GSBA is the largest LGBT and allied chamber of commerce 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.

Learn More

Become an Event Sponsor

Event Sponsors benefit from prominent exposure to more than 15,000 businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. To learn about how GSBA can help you achieve your promotional goals, contact Amy Burdick at (206) 363-9188.