Diversity Business Association

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Cimarron Alliance’s Diversity Business Association is a collective of LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied businesses. Together we are supporting business, advancing equality, and improving the economy.

History

The Diversity Business Association began in 2005 as a professional networking group of Metropolitan Oklahoma City business professionals and community members.

Mission

As a program of Cimarron Alliance, the Diversity Business Association has a mission to support educational efforts that validate personal identity, promote public enlightenment, and advance equality for LGBT Oklahomans.

Vision

The vision of Cimarron Alliance is ”a fair and just Oklahoma.” As a Cimarron Alliance program, the Diversity Business Association is working to achieve fairness in economic opportunities, while working to create a just work environment for all Oklahomans.

DBA – We mean Business

Business Diversity Facts

  • Controlled experiments reveal sexual orientation discrimination in workplace settings.
  • Fifteen to 57% of transgender people also report experiencing employment discrimination.
  • Gay men earn 10% to 32% less than similarly qualified heterosexual men.
  • In states that currently prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, LGB people file complaints of employment discrimination at similar rates to women and racial minorities.
  • Transgender people report high rates of unemployment and very low earnings.
  • When surveyed, 16% to 68% of LGBT people report experiencing employment discrimination.
  • When surveyed, many heterosexual co-workers report witnessing sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace.

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