Remember when that lesbian couple went to get a wedding cake and the homophobic bakery turned them away? It didn’t have to be that way. You can patronize a plethora of queer and queer-friendly business throughout the Portland-Vancouver area. How can you find them? Make PABA–the Portland Area Business Association–your first stop.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, PABA is the LGBT chamber of commerce for the Portland-Vancouver Metro area. This is your go-to organization when you want to support LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly businesses. With over 200 members, you should be able to find the right business connection for almost any need you may have.
PABA is about much more than just connecting PDX queer businesses. The organization is an advocate at the city, state and national level for LGBT-inclusive contracting and business practices. And, each year PABA hands out several scholarships to several promising young LGBT business students.
Get involved with PABA by checking out a networking mixer or attending the monthly luncheon. Or simply patronize PABA member business committed to enriching the queer business environment throughout the Portland-Vancouver area.