November 26, 2018 at 11:44 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Baltimore recognizes LGBT-owned businesses

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Baltimore on Nov. 21, 2018, became the largest city in the U.S. to officially recognize LGBT-owned businesses. (Photo public domain)

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh on Nov. 21 signed an executive order that recognizes LGBT-owned businesses in the city.

The executive order states “the city is seeking to better understand the LGBTQ-owned business community by creating a database and registry of these types of businesses so that Baltimore may take part in the $1.7 trillion dollars added to the national economy as well as tens of thousands of jobs created by LGBTQ-owned businesses.” The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in a press release notes Baltimore is now the largest city in the country to include certified LGBT businesses into its municipal procurement process.

“Progressive and inclusive leadership, like that of Mayor Pugh, will ensure greater access to the American Dream for every American,” said Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, co-founders of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, in a press release.

Baltimore already includes women- and minority-owned businesses in its procurement process.

“Baltimore is an inclusive city and is made more vibrant by the diversity of our residents,” said Pugh in the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce press release. “By including the LGBTQ community in our supplier diversity programs, the city and the broader community are the real beneficiaries of their tremendous skills, talents, innovations and expertise. This is what a 21st century city should be about — encouraging the best ideas, approaches and capabilities and allowing them to succeed for the benefit of us all.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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