Civitas is a  regional  chamber of commerce for LGBTQ and ally businesses as part of NGLCC's national affiliate network. 

We focus on LGBTQ business certification, education and networking to strengthen our regional ecosystem based on the idea that supporting diverse-owned businesses is the foundation of community transformation and economic impact.

Civitas was born out of the desire of many stakeholders from Louisville, Cincinnati, Lexington, and beyond to create a chamber focused on supporting and cultivating a thriving LGBTQ community. 

We are proud to have representation from across the LGBTQ spectrum already engaged, knowing there will always be opportunities for growth.

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.” 

-Catherine Pulsife

Why We Exist

  • To grow the number of LGBT-certified businesses in the Ohio River Valley (Kentucky, Southern Ohio, Southern Indiana).

  • Support corporations in creating inclusive workplaces, expanding supply chain investments and becoming effective advocates for the LGBT community. 

  • Expand investment in and support for LGBT entrepreneurs. 


About the NGLCC

NGLCC National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. NGLCC currently has 60 affiliate chapters across the United States and internationally. 

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