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The Real Reason There Are So Few LGBT Executives

The Real Reason There Are So Few LGBT Executives | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Trans entrepreneur Vivienne Ming on the queer brain drain in America's boardrooms.

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Leading LGBTQ Entrepreneur Organization to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Online Community

Leading LGBTQ Entrepreneur Organization to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Online Community | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

StartOut, a national non-profit organization that supports, educates and connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs, today announced the launch of its online platform, the StartOut Community. It is designed to address the multifaceted needs of LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

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The primary goals of this digital portal are to accelerate the ability of LGBTQ founded and run companies to reach sustainable success, showcase the significant contributions StartOut members make to societies all over the world, and help level the economic playing field for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

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The Power of Being an Out Entrepreneur

The Power of Being an Out Entrepreneur | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Can you be the gay Bill Gates? The organization known as StartOut thinks so... Entrepreneurs should never have to choose between the closet and their careers, yet one in three LGBT entrepreneurs in the process of seeking funding for their business are not out to investors. When asked why, nearly half said it was not relevant, with another 12 percent believing it would hurt them.

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Americans today are growing more supportive of LGBT people and their equality, evidenced with the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015. However, it's easy to forget people can still get fired from their jobs in 26 states simply for being gay or bisexual, in 28 for being transgender. Further, as entrepreneurial activity plays an increasingly important role in the overall U.S. economy, how do we ensure that LGBT entrepreneurs are protected against discrimination?

The reality is that startups founded by LGBT entrepreneurs are at risk for discrimination — affecting where they locate their businesses, their ability to raise capital, and how they build trust with investors. These are the findings of a recently released study from StartOut, the leading national nonprofit to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs.

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Nine Amazing Startups Led by #LGBT Entrepreneurs Show Us How Great America Is

Nine Amazing Startups Led by #LGBT Entrepreneurs Show Us How Great America Is | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

Nine amazing startups led by #LGBT entrepreneurs showed us what they’re made of today at #StartOutDemoDay hosted by Twitter NYC and StartOut — 4 out of 9 were led by women, 1 by a Trans entrepreneur.

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Why it matters for LGBT entrepreneurs to come ‘out’

Why it matters for LGBT entrepreneurs to come ‘out’ | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it

It’s commonplace to think that a person’s sexual orientation is a private matter and irrelevant in business. After Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as a gay man, a substantial portion of social media comments, tweets, and shares asked, “Why would he do this?” which seems to imply that, first, no one should care, and second, people don’t want to know Cook’s orientation.  But conventional wisdom is wrong. Research suggests that, for LGBT entrepreneurs at least, and perhaps others in their orbit, being “out” is relevant in many ways.

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There have been only a handful of articles, conference and research papers, and chapters written about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) entrepreneurs. In 2005, Syracuse University’s Minet Schindehutte and two coauthors published the largest study ever undertaken until that point of LGB entrepreneurs in the United States. Their data set included responses from more than 300 LGB founding business owners and clearly established that LGB entrepreneurs, when starting their companies, face greater obstacles than their straight counterparts. Being LGB adversely affected their ability to engage suppliers, obtain licenses, market their businesses, hire employees, and access loans from commercial banks. 

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Join the StartOut LGBTQ Entrepreneurial Community

Join the StartOut LGBTQ Entrepreneurial Community | LGBT Online Media, Marketing and Advertising | Scoop.it
Connect with mentors, investors, and other LGBTQ entrepreneurs to start or grow your business!
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StartOut's goal is to create jobs and prosperity for LGBTQ individuals and the local communities they contribute to, and be recognized and respected for those efforts. That's where you come in: we need your support to get there.

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