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How Does a Person Prove LGBT Status for Purpose of Certification?

If you are an LGBT business owner, you may have considered becoming a certified LGBT-owned business through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certification or another certifying organization.  These certifications are proof that your business is majority owned and controlled by one or more LGBT individuals.

You may think, how do I prove my LGBT status?  The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce provides a very detailed list of ways an individual may be able to prove LGBT status: https://www.nglcc.org/sites/default/files/LGBT%20Status%20Qualifiers.pdf .  

Just a few examples of potential evidence of LGBT status are: 

  • Letters and affidavits from non-employees attesting to your LGBT status.

  • Certified copy of domestic partnership, civil union or marriage certificates.

  • Evidence of second parent adoption or surrogate mother arrangements.

  • Court-ordered name change with transgender status cited as reason for change.

  • Copies of governmental documents that demonstrate legal gender marker change.

  • Proof of joint property ownership.

  • Financial documents showing joint ownership and/or beneficiary status.

  • Letter from recognized LGBT organization.

  • Advertising and media coverage of business noting owner’s LGBT status.

Of course, even if you meet the LGBT requirements of this certification, you must also show that the LGBT owner(s) actually own and control the business. This topic will be covered in a future blog.

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About this Author

Danielle L. Dietrich SMGG Attorney Pittsburgh, PA

Danielle L. Dietrich, Shareholder in the Pittsburgh Office of SMGG, focuses her practice in the areas of women and diverse-owned businesses, healthcare, elder law and litigation.  She has a broad range of experience in providing legal counsel and advice to her clients (both large and small), as well as having handled a wide range of disputes and litigation in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

A large portion of Ms. Dietrich’s practice focuses on the representation of women and diverse-owned businesses.  That practice includes assisting these...

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