The following is an excerpt from the Star Observer. IMAGE SOURCE: Star Observer.
Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA) has been helping to form an out and proud gay business community since the foundations for the organisation were laid out in late 1980, and it’s now geared to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
Back then the late Michael Glynn, founder and owner of the then-Sydney Star newspaper, decided to establish an association of business people to promote the interests of gay businesses.
The first meeting was only attended by approximately 40 people however it sparked the first active Sydney LGBTI business networking event, which has since made major strides in the gay business community.
Current President of SGLBA Mark Haines said it felt incredible to reach such a landmark.
“It’s quite an accomplishment for any volunteer-led organisation to have a presence and to make a difference over such a long time, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished,” he said.
In recent years the organisation has not only held its long-running social networking events, but has also partnered with organisations such as LinkedIn, Telstra, and Google to provide its members with opportunities to grow their professional network and to gain knowledge.