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INBA Statement on Charlottesville Protests

For Immediate Release
August 17, 2017
Media Contact: Marvo Reguindin, General Manager
509-455-3699, marvo@inbachamber.org

 

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked, saddened, angered, and disappointed many of us. Indeed, feelings across the spectrum were felt—and will continue to be—throughout the United States. Here, in the Inland Northwest, INBA reaffirms its commitment to advocate for the fairness, inclusivity, and equity for all individuals in the communities we serve. We believe that when businesses support and embrace diversity, the economy grows and our community thrives.

To achieve this, the right to assemble peacefully and freedom of speech must be upheld. While this applies to any and all citizens—and should continue to do so—we believe that there is a clear and distinct difference between expressing beliefs, values, and grievances, versus a call to harm fellow human beings. This disregard for human life is at the core of what several of the groups–namely the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists—who participated in the protests, is at the core of their invocation. It is a malicious and hateful call to action that is unacceptable as a society, harmful for humanity, and detrimental to businesses and our economy.

Regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status, our community is stronger together. As the region’s LGBT and ally chamber of commerce, INBA will continue to advocate on behalf of these individuals to create an economically robust and civically engaged community through the acceptance of diversity throughout our region.


Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) is Spokane’s LGBTA Chamber of Commerce with members in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. INBA was established in 1994 with a charter group of 25 members as a 501(c)6 non-profit organization to network and socialize in a safe environment. INBA’s mission is to develop a prosperous business community by advocating LGBT and Ally business perspectives.

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INBA Statement on Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

August 1, 2017

A Statement from the INBA Board of Directors:

Last week, Donald Trump announced via Twitter that transgender Americans will no longer be allowed to serve in any capacity in the military, citing that the U.S. military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail”.  This reversal of the 2016 decision to allow transgender troops to serve openly, receive medical care, and change their gender identity in the Pentagon’s personnel system has understandably outraged members of the LGBT community and their allies. Continue reading INBA Statement on Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members

Melissa Ethridge Returns to Spokane

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and LGBT activist Melissa Ethridge returns to Spokane to debut her new album MEmphis Rock and Soul. She will be appearing at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox,  Friday, August 4th at 8:00 PM.

INBA writer Stacey Sampson is interviewing Melissa this week for an exclusive article for next Week’s INBA Newsletter. Get your tickets for next week’s show, and keep your eyes peeled for Melissa’s interview.

Trump Announces Ban on Transgender Service Members

Taking to Twitter early Wednesday morning, Trump announced that Transgender individuals will no longer be accepted for service in the United States Military. This decision comes after a decade of sweeping reforms under the Obama administration that removed bias against LGBT individuals serving in the military.

Inland Northwest Business Alliance has not yet released a formal statement on the matter, as we are still gathering information about the ban, which has not been enacted as official policy.

The Spokesman-Review published a front page article on 7/27, quoting multiple INBA members on their personal reactions. The following are excerpts from the full article:

Robbi Anthony, vice president of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance that supports LGBT-friendly firms in the region, said Trump’s announcement continued a trend pushing back on hard-fought victories for the community.

“Right after the election, there was a lot of fear about how this community could be impacted,” said Anthony, a local tech business owner and transgender woman. “This is the manifestation of one of those fears.”

Marvin Reguindin, general manager of the Inland Northwest Business Alliance, questioned where such a policy could end.

“We don’t feel that this is moving forward in any way,” said Reguindin, who’s been with the organization for two decades. “Gays and lesbians could be next on the list, as well as bisexuals, saying they should not serve in the military because of one thing or another. Will they roll back the role of women in the military?”


From CNN.com:

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” Trump said in a series of tweets Wednesday morning. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”


According to the New York Times, the announcement came amid a debate on Capitol Hill over the Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for medical treatment related to gender transition. The dispute has unfolded as Congress considers a nearly $700 billion spending bill to fund the Pentagon. Representative Vicky Hartzler, Republican of Missouri, has proposed an amendment that would bar the Pentagon from spending money on transition surgery or related hormone therapy, and other Republicans have pressed for similar provisions.

Estimates have placed the cost of gender-transition-related medical services for military personnel at .004% to .017% of all Department of Defense medical expenses. For clarification, that is only the percentage of the DoD medical expenses, not  the entire Department of Defense budget,  totaling $598 Billion in FY 2015. That places the cost of transgender service members’ medical costs at around  .000014% of all military spending.

August Networking Lunch: Jim Lusk – Savings 101

Speaker: Jim Lusk, Retirement Nationwide & retired Area Manager from NYLife.

Topic:“Savings 101…Paying yourself first”.

When/Where: August  9, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A winning sports strategy involves a strong defense and a strategic offense. When both of these tactics are in place, the results can be far greater than one without the other. Think about it this way, how you earn your income is your offensive strategy and how you manage your risks is your defense. You can focus all your energy to make more money and build a strong offensive strategy, but if you ignore your risks they can quickly get out of control and exceed whatever income you bring in. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to concentrate more on one strategy than the other.

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Stories & Pictures from from Spokane’s Pride

By Paul Tiesse

Click here for the full photo album from Spokane Pride 2017

On June 10th, OutSpokane kicked off the 26th Pride parade in downtown Spokane with the theme of “May the Pride Be with You”. On a sunny day, more than 15,000 people enjoyed the parade, Rainbow Festival, an all-ages dance and ending the evening with fireworks.

At noon, the Spokane Dykes Who Bike kicked off the parade with a thunderous roar.

Following them, as has now become a tradition, was a military honor guard and what will become a new tradition a large rainbow flag carried by various community members.

The parade had the traditional entries such as various churches, social agencies, medical groups, Bears and Leather men, Spokane Lesbian group(FB) and politicians canvasing for votes. Entries that stood out included a LGBTA law section, Q-Law, LGBTQ Veterans and Active Duty Support, Veterans for Peace and the Salish School of Spokane.

The Spokane Fire Department was well represented as well as the Spokane Police Department, both showcasing their departments’ vehicle and equipment power. Reaching out for the LGBTA dollar were financial institutions and retailers JC Penny and Nordstrom.

Some of the largest groups that marched were from Planned Parenthood and Kaiser Permanente.

In this uncertain political environment, the Spokane Trans People group, N.O.W., NAACP were well represented. It would not be a parade without the Spokane Drag community and Royalty, and a large contingent from Nyne.

This year’s Community Grand Marshall was Jenny Seibert, Ally Grand Marshall Rose Wardian and Youth Grand Marshall Liam Boyd.

After the parade, there were large crowds at the Resource and Business Fair, the family friendly area, and the beer garden all located in the Lilac Meadow of Riverfront Park.

OutSpokane should be congratulated for all their hard work for another successful Pride Week.

July Networking Lunch: Lee Taylor, All In for Washington

Please note, the location has been changed to Centerplace Event Center in Spokane Valley and the presenter is now Lee Taylor.

Join INBA on Wednesday, July 12, for our monthly networking lunch, featuring guest speaker Lee Taylor from All In for Washington.

All In For Washington is a statewide effort to clean up the tax code so that all communities in Washington thrive. We know we can do great things when we all chip in our resources together to achieve the amazing things we could never accomplish alone.

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