RCC Members May Apply to Host Paid Intern

Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce members are invited to apply for placement of an intern in your business, with a $1,000 stipend paid by the Rainbow Chamber Foundation.

The Rainbow Chamber Foundation recently launched its first Internship Award program to provide motivate and assist qualified LGBT or supportive students with work experience and training. In order to qualify, intern applicants must be able to complete a six-week internship located in the Sacramento region within 12 months of receiving the award. A completed application form and supporting materials must be submitted by August 1. The intern award winner will be selected by the Chamber’s Scholarship/Internship Selection Committee. The Foundation will provide a stipend of at least $1,000 to the intern award winner. The winner will be notified in writing no later than Sept. 5. For more information about the internship, visit https://www.rainbowchamber.com/foundation/internship/.

RCC member companies who would like to host a paid intern must also submit a completed application online by end of day August 1. The winning intern will be matched with a qualifying RCC member business based on the intern’s interest and field of study. For more information about hosting a paid Rainbow Chamber Foundation inter, visit https://www.rainbowchamber.com/business-sponsor-internship/

Applications also are being accepted for the Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship awards. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified LGBT or supportive students. In order to qualify, scholarship applicants must be enrolled in the 12th grade of high school or in a university or college, or a qualified vocational school, or intend to be so enrolled in September 2013, and must have a minimum 2.9 cumulative grade point average. Deadline to apply is August 1, and winners will be notified in writing no later than Sept. 5. To learn more about the Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship, please visit https://www.rainbowchamber.com/foundation/scholarship/.

Nominations Close July 16 for RCC Board!

It’s not too late to become a candidate for the Rainbow Chamber Board of Directors—but time is running out! Five of the nine RCC board seats are open for election in August. Each new board member will be elected to a two-year term. New board officers—president, vice president, secretary and treasurer—will be appointed by the newly elected board at the September board meeting.


All candidates for the Chamber board must be an RCC member in good standing and must be nominated by another RCC member in good standing. The easiest way to nominate someone is to fill out the online Nomination Form at https://www.rainbowchamber.com/board-of-directors/nomination-form/. Once nominated, each candidate must fill out and submit a Board Application Form, available at https://www.rainbowchamber.com/board-online-application-form/. Nomination Committee Chair Brian McMartin has asked that all nominees submit their forms by end of day TODAY, Friday, July 12. The list of nominees will be submitted to the membership at the RCC July Mixer on Tuesday, July 16, at Hair Play Salon. Additional nominations may be made by members from the floor at this time. Nominations will close that evening, July 16.

A Candidate Meet & Greet is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, from 6 to 7 p.m., at UC Davis Extension, 2901 K Street in Sacramento. Candidates will be invited to make a 3-minute presentation about their qualifications and their goals for RCC over the coming two-year term.

Electronic voting will begin one week prior to the RCC August Mixer on August 20. Each voting member in good standing will receive an e-mail containing log-in information in order to vote. Only one designated voting member is allowed for each member business. In-person voting also will be available at the RCC August Mixer on Tuesday, August 20. Winning candidates will be announced that night.

For more information about nominations or board elections, call the RCC office at 916-266-9630 or e-mail Sara Freid, sfreid@rainbowchamber.com.


Overturn of Prop 8 Good for Economy, LGBT Chamber President Says

June 26, SACRAMENTO— The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce released the following statement on today’s two rulings regarding same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The majority rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court today overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act and overturning California’s Proposition 8 were historic in their impact by reversing the unjust treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,” said Dr. Darrick Lawson, president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. “All other considerations aside, it was a morally correct decision.

“But the Court’s decisions today also will have an economic impact. There are few factors more beneficial to the economic development and prosperity of any society than the freedom of people to form lasting relationships free of harassment and fear, and to enjoy equal legal protections and security for their families. In the near term, we expect the resumption of same-sex weddings in California to generate a revenue boost to the tourism and hospitality sectors, as well as to all those small businesses that support the wedding industry—just as happened in 2008. Gay marriage will create California jobs. In a nutshell, marriage equality is good for California’s economy and good for the economy and future prosperity of the United States.”

Members of Sacramento’s LGBT community will gather in celebration today, Wednesday, June 26, at the California State Capitol West Steps. The event is free and open to the public.

Established in 2001, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce serves gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender business owners and professionals and allies in the Greater Sacramento region. The Chamber works to build a prosperous and inclusive business community and to support issues that promote business development and equal rights for all people.  The Chamber and its non-profit affiliate, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation, have contributed more than $40,000 to charitable causes, including youth scholarships and programs for at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. For more information, visit www.rainbowchamber.com.

Changin’ It Up for Sac Pride 2013

Sacramento Pride 2013 is just around the corner, and we’re recruiting RCC members and friends to be part of the first ever RCC Briefcase Brigade in the Sacramento Pride Parade!

The Sacramento Pride Parade and Festival are Saturday, June 15. Line-up time for parade contingents is 9:30 a.m., and the parade begins at 11:00 a.m. RCC has enlisted award-winning choreographer Karen Schmidt, who promises the drill team routine will be fun, easy and accessible to all fitness and experience levels. We will ask you to attend three short rehearsals a couple of weeks before we march out. Sign up now, so we can get couture and briefcases ordered!

We’re also looking for folks to work the RCC booth at Pride Festival 2013! A great way to meet fellow RCC
members and showcase your own business. Email info@rainbowchamber.com today!

RCC Statement on Eviction of Gay Couple from Roseville Galleria

In response to the incident in which a gay couple allegedly was asked to leave the Roseville Galleria for kissing and holding hands, the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce released the following statement from President Darrick Lawson:

“The rules governing the behavior of visitors to the Roseville Galleria should be equally applied to all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The buying power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community nationwide is estimated at $790 billion, and many LGBT people are patrons of Roseville Galleria and other Sacramento region businesses. The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping create a diverse and inclusive business community and to promoting the economic prosperity of our region. The recent incident and the corporate and community response to it indicate there is still more work to be done. It is our hope that Westfield will act to clarify its policies governing guest behavior and work positively with our community to ensure fair treatment for all.”