Gay business leaders join other business leaders, meet with President

The leadership of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) joined other leading U.S. business executives and organizations on Jan. 28 to discuss President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package with his top advisors, including Jason Berman, the White House's economic policy director.

The leadership then heard directly from President Obama. "Our participation at Wednesday's meeting is a clear demonstration of the Obama Administration's work to actively engage the LGBT community on all issues of importance to LGBT business owners and their families," said Justin Nelson, president and co-founder of the NGLCC. "After being held at arm's length for most of the previous Administration's two terms, our inclusion is a clear signal that the Obama team knows that there is much more to LGBT people than just being LGBT," Nelson added.

"We let the President and his team know that he had our support in his plan to stimulate the economy and we thanked him for a plan that includes support for the small business engine that runs the American economy," said NGLCC CEO and Co-Founder Chance Mitchell.

Nelson, Mitchell, NGLCC Board Chairman Walter Schubert and other small business leaders were joined at President Obama's briefing by top business executives, including Greg Brown, president and co-CEO of Motorola, Inc., David M. Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell, Anne Mulcahy, chairman and CEO of Xerox, Sam Palmisano, chairman, CEO and president of IBM, Antonio Perez, chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak Co., Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO of Google, and Ron Williams, CEO of Aetna.

NGLCC noted the inclusion of access to capital and tax relief for small businesses in the plan. The package would extend bonus depreciation, allowing businesses to immediately recover the costs of capital expenditures, as well as giving small businesses the opportunity to write off up to $125,000 of those capital expenditures. In addition, the plan contains $430 million for new direct lending and loan guarantee authorities to make loans more attractive to lenders and free up capital.

The stimulus plan passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday January 29th, 2009 and is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

Keep readingShow less
by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less