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Spokane Human Rights Commission adds Lance Kissler as Commissioner, publishes LGBTQIA Resource Guide

From Lance Kissler, INBA Board Member and former Board President: I’m honored to have been unanimously appointed by the Spokane City Council at their regular meeting today to serve as a Commissioner on the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission. Please feel free to like my new page, where I’ll be sharing the latest about human rights topics, issues, and events. As a Commissioner, I promise to advocate on behalf of those who reside in the Spokane area who may not have a voice and may face discrimination.

The City of Spokane Human Rights Commission has also created an LGBTQIA resource guide for public distribution and use. If you have suggestions for other areas of concern or would like a PDF version for printing please email :

LGBTQIA Resource Guide

Posted by City of Spokane Human Rights Commission on Thursday, June 15, 2017


Pride Week Karaoke Another Huge Hit

By Charles Smaltz

On Wednesday, July 7th, INBA Hosted the LGBTQA Community for a Special Pride Week event. Early Bird Karaoke, A summer hot dog buffet, Tito’s drink specials and awesome INBA Member Gift Certificates, Special gift packages and prizes were given out throughout the night. Over 60 people attended throughout the night.

INBA members and many from LGBTQA community enjoyed the event and all want us to do it again next year! Watch for upcoming “Early Bird Karaoke” nights as well. Many comments about how much many people liked it! For those who attended Kitty the owner of nYne (who rarely performs/sings karaoke ) was one of the many who performed songs. There were many really amazing singers and much fun had by all!


July Networking Lunch: Sheila Collins, All In for Washington

Join INBA on Wednesday, July 12, for our monthly networking lunch, featuring guest speaker Sheila Collins 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.

Click Here to Register

For more information on All in for Washington, Click here

LGBTQ Films that Rocked the World


June is LGBT Pride Month, and traditionally it’s been both a time for reflection on gay history and struggles (originally created to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969), along with a colorful, pride-ful celebration of many important achievements and milestones. Since Independent Lens is naturally a film-centric space, we decided to honor the occasion by reaching out to a few filmmakers who’ve made documentaries for Independent Lens, asking them to contribute their own picks for the gay-themed films (features or documentaries) that affected them most profoundly. While one important film deservedly gets mentioned twice, it’s an appropriately diverse list. [updated 2016; originally posted 2014]

Click through to for the full list and trailers.

HB2 Repealed, but not without controversy

— As quickly as House Bill 2 was enacted 53 weeks ago, the controversial state law limiting LGBT rights and transgender bathroom access was knocked down on Thursday.

About 12 hours after Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders reached a compromise to repeal House Bill 2 late Wednesday, the measure was speeding through its lone committee hearing, and it had cleared the Senate and the House by mid-afternoon Thursday. Cooper then quickly signed the bill into law.

“We are a welcoming state – our people are welcoming – but House Bill 2 was not,” Cooper said during an afternoon news conference. “Today, our laws are catching up with our people.”

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Chamber Partner Avista Confirms Commitment to EEO and Affirmative Action

Dear Colleague:

 Avista Corp. has been and will continue to be an integral part of each community we serve.  As such, our company is committed to the maximum utilization of all human resources and the goal of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and as a Federal Contractor, renews that commitment each year.  Please visit our website, , for a listing of current job openings.

 Avista is committed to diversity in our workforce.  We will create an environment that values diversity and mutual respect and is free from harassment or discrimination for employees, applicants, customers, suppliers and other contacts in all aspects of our daily operations.  Our contractors and subcontractors are also obliged to comply with Executive Order 11246 and its implementing regulations.

 We will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability or any other classification protected by non-discrimination law.  Furthermore, we will continue to provide Equal Employment Opportunity for individuals serving in the Military, the National Guard and Reserves, and Veterans of the U.S. Military.

 Thank you for assisting us in our continued commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. 


Jen Crouse, SHRM-CP, PHR
HR Recruiter
Avista Corp.
(509) 495-2440

2016 Membership Renewals

Membership and advertising renewal invoices for 2016 are scheduled to go out this week. As a membership organization, your dues and advertising in the printed directory and online directory allow INBA to provide staff to organize events and benefits to members such as the list of accomplishments below. So, please consider renewing you membership when your invoice arrives. To help our membership grow we also have a member referral program with discounts off your own member dues.

  • INBA was the only chamber in the region to sign the amicus brief regarding Obergefell vs. Hodges that later went to the Supreme Court to pass Marriage Equality across the nation
  • Launched site to promote LGBT Tourism to Spokane and provide a resource for our local LGBT community
  • Launched INBA Weekly, a weekly style newsletter that better highlights INBA member businesses as well as regional and national LGBT news
  • As of August, INBA has hosted 228 lunches since 1994, making it the longest continuous LGBT event in Spokane
  • INBA attended the Western Business Alliance Chamber Leadership Summit in Palm Springs, to continue improving our membership and chamber programs
  • INBA staff provided powerful education and consultation to our chamber partner, Rockwood Health Systems, helping them to become a more inclusive health system
  • INBA’s General Manager was invited to Rotary 21 to present the history and need for an LGBTA chamber in Spokane
  • INBA performed outreach to the community and distributed directories at South Perry Street Fair, Unity in the Community, as well as Pride Festivals in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and Tri-Cities. Look for us at The Spokane End AIDS Walk and ValleyFest, on September 26
  • INBA Outreach, provided a $1500 scholarship to a local gay student preparing to enter college and sponsored a LGBT Holocaust exhibit at the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene
  • This is only a small list of what INBA was able to accomplish in the first half of 2015.  It is because of members like you that INBA is able to foster the growth of a diverse and inclusive LGBTA business community.

Membership Referral Program

INBA is introducing a great way for you to help grow INBA with great members and businesses and reduce your annual membership renewal fee at the same time.

Receive $5.00 off your membership fee for every three new-member referrals. Referrals need to be a direct introduction to our membership manager in person, by email or by phone. Limit 15 introductions or $25 off your membership fees.

Plus! For every referral that converts to a new member you will receive a $10 gift certificate for food, drink or services at one of an INBA member of your choice!

Deadlines For discounts off your 2016 membership referrals need to be received by November 1, 2015. Referrals received after November 1st will be applied to your 2017 INBA membership.

How do I participate?

1. Introduce your referral to INBA’s membership manager Christopher Zilar at a function the both of you may be attending

2. Send an email introduction to your referral and to

3. Set up a conference call introduction of your referral and Christopher at 509-455-3699