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The OUTlook, a weekly newsletter about LGBTQ+ business, labor and workplace equality from Qnotes.

More in our coverage this week of LGBTQ+ chambers — creating opportunity AND SUPPORT for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in Raleigh and Upstate South Carolina!

The Harmony LGBT+ Allied Chamber of Commerce is the result of a rebranding campaign for the Raleigh Business and Professional Network (RBPN). Along with the name, the organization has a new focus on LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship and on uplifting the LGBTQ+ and ally-owned business community in east North Carolina.

For the Upstate S.C. LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the need came from a multi-decades old policy on the books in Greenville County that condemned the “gay lifestyle as counter to traditional family values.”

“There’s a very loud contingency of people who are not excited that gay people live here,” says Taylor Prescott. “But, there is an equally loud and incredibly proud LGBT business community here that is just doing really, really good work.”

The story behind Raleigh’s LGBT+ and Allied Chamber rebranding and new leadership

Four years ago, Kade Kimber was approached by a friend, asking Kimber if he would be interested in joining the board of directors for the Raleigh Business and Professional Network . RBPN served as an LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce for the 50 eastern North Carolina counties, helping to uplift LGBTQ+, ally and minority-owned businesses […]

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Upstate SC LGBT+ Chamber aims to support queer businesses

In the 12 years Tyler Prescott has lived in Greer, he has dedicated his time to creating a more accepting environment for LGBTQ+ residents. Along with the help of many friends, Prescott has advocated for a more inclusive and diverse Upstate […]

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Entrepreneurship in the community

Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce supports LGBTQ+ and allied businesses […]

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Judge refuses to reinstate Florida’s drag ban

A drag ban in Florida has suffered a second legal defeat as a federal judge refused to allow the law to go back into effect after an earlier ruling placed a temporary injunction against it […]

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