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Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections Make Mother’s Day Special for Washington Families

Washington Won’t Discriminate rallied and successfully fought off I-1515, the attempt to repeal Washington’s transgender non-discrimination laws. Now, they’re highlighting three families who would be deeply impacted if Washington’s longstanding transgender non-discrimination protections were repealed at the ballot box this fall. The mother of one of those families is our very own Betsy White, President of the Board for INBA Outreach, the philanthropic arm of Inland Northwest Business Alliance. Continue reading Transgender Non-Discrimination Protections Make Mother’s Day Special for Washington Families

North Carolina Governor to Issue Executive Order For Full LGBTQ Rights

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) vowed Tuesday to issue an executive order  to increase protections for LGBTQ people in the state. The pledge follows the state’s controversial partial repeal of HB2, a law barring local governments from passing any anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.

“I had a choice. Do I continue to make a statement and pound the table and nothing happen? Or do I take a positive step, make progress and continue to fight?”

City Hall to raise Pride Flag this June

Join us in making history as we celebrate the first raising of the PRIDE Flag at Spokane City Hall. This year is the 26th year that we have celebrated Pride in Spokane and we are excited to announce that for the first time in history we will be raising the Pride Flag over City Hall to kick off PRIDE month.

Immediately following the ceremony join us for the Proclamation of Pride Month at 6pm. We encourage all members of the community to join us in solidarity and celebration of the LGBTQIA community.

Your Guide to Pride: 2017

Celebrate Spokane Pride With INBA! “May the Pride Be With You”

Ready be a part of the largest family-friendly Pride Parade and Festival in the Northwest? We’re getting our businesses and volunteers set up for the Spokane Pride March and Festival on Saturday, June 10 in the Lilac Meadows at Riverfront Park.

Scroll down to see all the ways you and your business can get involved in Pride. Continue reading Your Guide to Pride: 2017

Patty Murray reintroduces anti-harassment legislation to U.S. Senate

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Thursday, April 27, 2017                                                                                            (202) 224-2834

As LGBTQ Students and Schools Across the Country Grapple with “Trump Effect,” Senator Murray Redoubles Efforts to Pass Anti-Harassment Legislation

Senator Murray reintroduces Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to require colleges and universities to establish clear anti-harassment policies

LGBTQ youth are twice as likely to be harassed than their peers, yet there is no federal requirement that schools have policies in place to protect these students

Legislation is named after Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, who took his own life after experiencing harassment, bullying

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), along with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), reintroduced legislation aimed at reducing bullying and harassment that affects one in five students at colleges and universities across the country. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2017 would require institutions of higher education to establish policies to prohibit harassment based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. The bill also establishes a grant program to support campus anti-harassment activities and programs. The legislation is named after Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University who took his own life after his roommate and another student invaded his privacy and harassed him over the Internet. Continue reading Patty Murray reintroduces anti-harassment legislation to U.S. Senate

May Networking Lunch

John Lemus of the Spokane Human Rights Commission will be presenting their 2017 Work Plan and providing an overview of the Subcommittees, like the LGBTQIA subcommittee. The Human Rights Commission advises and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding issues related to human rights and unjust discrimination.

When: Wednesday, May 10  11:30 – 1:00

Where: Centerplace Regional Event Center, 2426 N Discovery Pl, Spokane Valley, Washington 99216

Register Here

Spokane Voters Voice Strong Support for Public Libraries

This article was written by Chad Sokol and featured on the Spokesman-Review

Congratulations to INBA Member, Spokane Public Library system

Spokane residents gave resounding support for the renewal of a property tax that will allow officials to maintain, and slightly expand, services.

The levy of 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value was renewed with 70.8 percent of the vote, according to totals released Tuesday evening. More votes will be counted later this week, but the strong margin of victory assures it will pass. Continue reading Spokane Voters Voice Strong Support for Public Libraries

11th Annual LGBT Community Survey

Dear LGBT Research Panelist:

The 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, which is one of the largest LGBT surveys in the world, is now open.

We would love to hear from you about various issues facing our community today. More bisexual and pansexual community members are needed for this year’s survey. Please participate and let your voice be heard.

It should take about 10 minutes to complete the survey.

We thank you in advance for contributing your opinions to this study. Those who complete the entire survey by May 15th, 2017 may enter to win one of twenty prizes: Either $50 cash, or a $50 donation to a charity of your choice.

Find any problems I should know about? Please email me at

To begin, please click here or copy and paste the full link below into your browser to start:

Thank you so much!

David Paisley
Senior Research Director
Community Marketing & Insights
584 Castro Street #834
San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Male Homosexuals

From The New York Times

Police in Chechnya have reportedly detained more than 100 gay men. Some have been tortured. United Nations experts demanded on Thursday that Chechnya halt the abduction, detention, beating and killing of gay and bisexual men, after weeks of reports about violent repression there.

LGBTQ rights activists at the March Against Hatred in St. Petersburg, Russia, November 2014 Photo by Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Continue reading Russian Republic Of Chechnya Accused Of Targeting Male Homosexuals

INBA Night with Spokane Empire Football

Special INBA Chamber deal with Spokane Empire


Spokane Empire VS. Arizona Rattlers | Spokane Arena

May 12, 2017 at 7 pm

Adults: $25 | Kids: $20

Join INBA Chamber at the Spokane Empire Game on May 12th at 7 PM to watch the team take on the Arizona Rattlers for the first time since 2014. Tickets include exclusive access to the Red Tail Lounge to mix and mingle in an INBA exclusive networking night.

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

or by phone at 509.242.7462 and mention INBA

For more information, contact Hannah Holman at (509) 242-7474 or