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Frequently Asked Questions

    • Q: Must one be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) to join the chamber?
      A: Anyone who supports our mission and Code of Ethics is eligible to join. Those who support our mission but are not LGBTQ are considered allied.

 

    • Q: Where can I find information about the chamber's membership benefits?
      A: You can find information here or please email the Membership Chair at Membership@UtahGayChamber.com

 

    • Q: What if I'm not in business or a professional? Can the chamber still offer me anything?
      A: Our members work in the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors representing business and professional leaders who are self-employed, business owners, CEOs, elected officials, government employees and students and retirees. Membership provides more than business networking and marketing opportunities - We offer visibility, advocacy, connection with the nonprofit community and support for the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders. Our Chamber is a thriving and diverse community.

 

    • Q: If I live or work outside of Salt Lake City, does it still make sense for me to join?
      A: While most of our members are based in or near Salt Lake County, we are a statewide chamber with members from Logan to St. George. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in business statewide.

 

    • Q: Do I have to be a member to attend programs and events?
      A: Everyone is welcome to attend our programs and events, but only members may advertise in chamber publications and enjoy the benefit of significantly reduced fees to participate in events.

 

    • Q: What makes you different than other business chambers?
      A: We are as much a community as we are a business chamber. Our members are loyal and steadfast in their commitment to a code of ethics that stands for diversity and inclusiveness, providing quality services and products and a commitment to philanthropy and investing in the future through the SafeZone Project and Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber Foundation. Most of our members say they may have joined first for business reasons but remain connected because of the sense of community the organization was founded on and is still known for today.

 

    • Q: Why do you use LGBTQ, and not LGBT or other common acronyms?
      A: Adding the "Q" or queer to the "LGBTQ" is our way of showing our corporate, business, nonprofit members, our community, and our staff that we are an inclusive organization and welcome everyone who supports equality. This gives visibility and recognition to a large portion of our community that is often underserved and underrepresented and reclaims this historically derogatory term as a positive and more expansive way to identify.

 

    • Q: What do Transgender and Gender Diverse mean?
      A: We recognize that language is always changing and does not always represent our entire community as a whole. We use the term ‘transgender and gender diverse’ to talk the vast Transfemme, Transmasc, Trans Women, Trans Men, Gender Variant, Transgender, Non-binary, Gender Queer, Two Spirit, Agender, Fa’afafine, Mahu, and other gender identities.

 

    • Q: Why is it important to use pronouns?
      A: We use pronouns to talk about someone indirectly in a conversation. Words like (he/him/his), (she/her/hers), (them/them/their), (ze/zer/zir), etc. These words are usually in the place of a person’s name. Pronouns are important to ask and share, if comfortable, because it allows people to talk about others in an inclusive and affirming way.