Public Policy

The Public Policy Committee of RCCSV actively collaborates with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the Silicon Valley Coalition of Chambers, the Western Business Alliance (WBA), the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center, BAYMEC and other local community organizations to learn about and advocate for issues of interest for our membership and the LGBTQ+ community-at-large.

When there are issues the committee deems important they are brought to the RCCSV Board of Directors for further action/implementation. RCCSV will engage and activate its members when their interests are challenged through our website, eNews or by partnering with other organizations championing the issue.   If you are interested in guiding the Chamber’s public policy please contact us.

June 15, 2019:

The Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley is pleased to support ACR 99, which calls upon all Californians to treat one another fairly, and upon religious leaders to counsel on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) issues with compassion and knowledge of the harms of conversion therapy.

Read the letter. (PDF)

February 4, 2019:

The displacement of small businesses caused by commercial gentrification in the Bay Area is a well-known problem in our communities. Residents and businesses are being priced out of their communities by skyrocketing rent increases and massive redevelopment plans that leave little opportunity for displaced tenants to return. LGBTQ+ small businesses owners are especially at risk of displacement. This open letter shows the Board of Directors support for anti-displacement research by the Office of Economic Development in San Jose, Ca.

Read the letter. (PDF)

January 22, 2019:

In this open letter, The Board of Directors of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s decision today to allow President Trump’s ban on qualified transgender Americans serving in the United States military to go into effect. We continue to stand with the many veteran and LGBTQ+ organizations around the country that have spoken out against this ban, along with the millions of Americans who believe that any person who is willing and able to serve their country should have the opportunity to do so.

Read the letter. (PDF)

October 30, 2018:
The protection of the rights of transgender Americans is the right thing to do. Recently, efforts to deny transgender people employment and equal access to education benefits under Title IX have surfaced. The Rainbow Chamber supports resolutions opposing any changes that would threaten the rights of transgender people. Here’s a letter to the Mayor and City Council of San Jose, CA.

Read the letter. (PDF)

February 21, 2018:
Like many of you, we were shocked and disappointed a few weeks ago to find out that Kern County Judge David Lampe has refused to enforce California’s civil rights law in defense of a lesbian couple in Kern County. Take a moment to read an open letter from the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley.

Read the letter. (PDF)