On Thursday, July 30, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms kicked off the first-ever Mayor’s Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair that brought 800+ LGBTQ+ job seekers together with 30+ local employers of choice.

The Mayor’s Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair was a historic initiative by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to leverage the combined power of government, the corporate sector, and local non-profits to ensure that LGBTQ Atlantans are prepared and ready to thrive in the workforce.

This virtual opportunity fair featured on-site interviews with some of Atlanta’s foremost employers, as well as complimentary workshops tailored to the needs of the LGBTQ community.

“With over 1,100 quality jobs presented directly to LGBTQ+ Atlantans, we couldn’t have been prouder to be support this historic event and serve on the Executive Planning Committee,” said Chris Lugo, Executive Director of OUT Georgia Business Alliance and Member of the Mayor of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Advisory Board.

“Not only did the Mayor’s Virtual LGBTQ Opportunity Fair bring together many of Atlanta’s most prominent and pro-LGBTQ companies, but the event also tapped into the passion and expertise of local nonprofits, professionals, and organizations committed to advancing employment initiatives for our diverse LGBTQ+ community,” added Lugo.

OUT Georgia Business Alliance was proud to collaborate with Malik Brown, Director of LGBTQ Affairs (Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, City of Atlanta Government, City of Atlanta LGBTQ Affairs, Metro Atlanta Chamber, LinkedIn, Goodwill of North Georgia, Transformation Journeys Worldwide, Trans Can Work, United Way of Greater Atlanta, WorkSource Atlanta, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Bill Kaelin Marketing in support os this meaningful employment-focused event!

About the Mayor of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Advisory Board

The LGBTQ Advisory Board to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is composed of citywide LGBTQ leaders and advocates. The 35-member body makes recommendations to the Mayor that help shape the City’s policies and engagements with Atlanta’s LGBTQ communities. The Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board can be reached via email at LGBTQ@atlantaga.gov.

About OUT Georgia Business Alliance

OUT Georgia Business Alliance proudly serves as Georgia’s only LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce.

Since 1994, OUT Georgia Business Alliance (formerly the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) has served the LGBTQ+ and Allied business community by advocating for the most inclusive and equitable business environment; providing support and resources to fuel economic growth; and driving meaningful community connections and impact across the State of Georgia.

OUT Georgia Business Alliance is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., and is a proud affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact us at OUTGeorgia.org or info@OUTGeorgia.org.