National LGBT Chamber of Commerce honors Jane Castor for ‘courage in government’

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Castor is one of three Mayors nationwide to receive the honor.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is receiving a pro-LGBT business award this month after being elected the city’s first openly gay Mayor this year. The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is doling out several awards Nov. 22 for individuals, businesses, groups and elected officials for their commitment to helping expand opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses.

Castor is one of three Mayors nationwide receiving the group’s 2019 Courage in Government award.

“I’m incredibly humbled and honored to receive this award. It is my hope that someday we will reach a point where everyone is judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin; that no one loses their life because of the God they worship; that who you love does not matter as much as that you love and are loved; and that we all focus on working together to solve problems that really matter,” Castor said.

The Courage in Government award recognizes government officials who have elevated the LGBT business community and ensure that LGBT issues are a vital part of their legislative priorities.

Other award recipients include Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Lightfoot was also elected this year in an election that made national headlines because she was the city’s first openly gay African-American woman elected to the city’s top job.

Ritchie Torres, a member of the New York City Council is also being awarded. Torres will attend the awards dinner in Washington D.C. later this month to accept the award on Castor’s behalf.

Castor made national headlines when she was elected, drawing praise as a role model for future LGBTQ leaders across the nation. Her election led to news coverage in national publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and NPR.

Castor has since taken steps to boost LGBT business in Tampa by establishing an LGBT-owned business program that recognizes such businesses as its own class in the city’s procurement processes. Women and minority-owned businesses already had such a classification.

The move does not give businesses preferential treatment when bidding for city contracts, but does allow the city to track participation, which can help identify ways to make procurement a more diverse process. The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce is overseeing the certification process.

Castor’s executive order establishing the process in August led to Wells Fargo providing a $100,000 grant to help LGBT-certified businesses succeed and grow.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


  • John Kociuba

    November 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Dear Citizens ~

    Re: Sexual Acts

    Awards for “carpet munching?” What does carpet munching have to do with corporate achievements?

    Can you get a corporate award for raping a dead cows azz in your personal life? The problem with Homosexuality isn’t that they have a 70% attempted suicide rate nor that Homosexual men rape 3× the number of children than Hetrosexuals or thar they were recently taken off the BIID Mental Illness list in 1977 due to the panel of Psychiatric Institute being flooded with homosexuals.


    The United States Constitution nor 1964 Civil Rights Act has nothing to do with sexual deviance (fact).

  • Dan

    November 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Democrat-Socialist 2020 Platform & Goals:

    -Massive tax increases.

    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)

    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.

    -Cut Military funding.

    -Voting rights for non citizens.

    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren)

    -Increase refugee’s from the third world.

    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.


    -Open Borders.

    -Sanctuary Cities.

    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.

    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.

    -Disarming Americans.

    -Green new deal.

    -End of Electoral College

    -Free medicare care for all including non citizens (taxpayer funded)

    -!00% free college for all, including non citizens. (tax payer funded)


    -Susie & Bobby using the same restrooms.

    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.


    -Pay check for every person in the US even if they choose not to work.

    From the Democrat’s themselves. View their speeches / debates on you tube.The choice is yours.-

  • gary

    November 12, 2019 at 9:34 am

    This is all the Democrats know how to do, create division through pandering to the smallest percent of their voters! Idea: How about you legislate for the mafority you ass holes!

  • Strapon-Jane

    November 14, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    The queen of strapons.

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