Major League Baseball just announced a recent partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The partnership will allow small LGBT-owned businesses to become official suppliers for the league, which in turn will mean increased spending on these businesses.
“NGLCC certified LGBT suppliers will help the MLB achieve the brass ring nearly all major corporations and organizations aspire to: a billion dollar spend on minority-owned businesses,” Jonathan Lovitz, the NGLCC’s vice president of external affairs, said in a statement, according to the Forbes story.
This new partnership is the focus of MLB’s Diversity Summit in Arizona that was held yesterday and today.
The NGLCC is a U.S. not-for-profit advocacy group that aims to expand the economic opportunities and advancement of the LGBT business community. Billy Bean, a former player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers, was the first pro baseball player to come out publicly in 1999. Bean is the MLB’s first Ambassador of Inclusion and according to Forbes, has been working to build the partnership between the league and the NGLCC.
“We’re looking forward to them helping us promote the initiatives that we have,” he told Forbes in the interview. “It’s important to me because I think it allows our community to get more coverage and exposure on the programs that [business owners are] working very, very hard to expand.”
Update: We’ve gotten some questions about this claim and thought we’d clarify. Searching “LGBTQ” on whitehouse.gov yields the message as seen in the top image. The fact checking site Snopes has said the clearing of the website was announced earlier this week and it was made clear the information and sites from Obama’s administration would be [...]