OUT Georgia Business Alliance is launching TGNC360, a new employment and entrepreneurship initiative created by and for Georgia’s Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) community.
TGNC360 aims to address economic equity by providing full-service support to Georgia’s TGNC residents on their employment and entrepreneurship journeys, while connecting participants with TGNC-focused community partners to improve access to healthcare and affordable housing.
You may ask, “Why is the OUT Georgia Business Alliance spearheading this initiative?” It’s because we recognize the daunting employment statistics that are the lived experiences of TGNC Georgians as highlighted in the 2015 US Trans Survey:
- 11% were unemployed (more than twice the 2015 US unemployment rate of 5%);
- 33% of those who held or applied for a job during that year were fired, denied a promotion, or not hired because of their gender identity or expression;
- 29% of those who had a job in the past year reported other experiences of workplace harassment related specifically to their gender identity or gender expression; and
- 30% lived in poverty (more than twice the 2015 US unemployment rate of 12%).
In response to these disparaging realities, OUT Georgia is uniquely positioned to leverage its assets, business relationships and community partnerships to provide tangible and real solutions for the approximate 80,520 Georgia residents who are transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC).
To address these disparities, the objectives of TGNC360 will be to:
- Connect, support, and leverage TGNC-led and TGNC-focused coalition community partners to be an integral part of the solution;
- Identify TGNC individuals to bring this initiative to life and fairly compensate TGNC-led or focused community partners for services they provide;
- Connect participants who need work readiness skills and work readiness resources with supportive services;
- Train employers and workforce development providers to provide trans affirming environments that will set TGNC job seekers up for success;
- Facilitate/collaborate to deliver job fairs to connect qualified TGNC applicants with trans affirming employers; and
- Promote employment, entrepreneurship, and access to networks and business building resources through the OUT Georgia Business Alliance.
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.