Featured in BEQPride Magazine | March 31, 2020
By Julie A. Palm
The Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is out and proud — proud of a new name, OUT Georgia Business Alliance, that better reflects both its history of inclusivity and its new mission to expand beyond the Atlanta metro area.
The organization, which has nearly 500 small- and medium-size business members and about 40 corporate partners, began rolling out its new identity in conjunction with its 25th anniversary last year.
“The board of directors made a strategic decision to expand the scope of the organization to leverage the good work happening here in metro Atlanta and expand it to throughout the state of Georgia,” says Chris Lugo, who joined OUT Georgia as executive director in May 2019.
“The old name was very specific to Atlanta. We want to raise the visibility of our business owners and be sure we are shining the spotlight on those folks who are making Georgia a more welcoming, vibrant state.”
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.