The Balance Sheet: December 21, 2023

This week, we covered St. Louis cops crashing into a gay bar and then arresting the owner, Nonbinary Solutions founder Amanda Ralston, books that will make great last-minute gifts, and more!

The Balance Sheet: December 21, 2023

Happy Holidays, Queerency fam!

As we ease into a much-needed vacation, this week's newsletter includes:

  • a wild story about St. Louis police crashing into a gay bar and then arresting the bar owner
  • a profile of Amanda Ralston, a queer neurodivergent entrepreneur taking a nonbinary approach to helping the autistic community
  • a useful list of 7 nonfiction books by members of the Queerency community that will make great last-minute gift ideas

And more!

Finally, if you find value in our work, we would really appreciate your financial support to sustain and grow Queerency. Please champion this labor of love by becoming a supporter or making a one-time donation.

Enjoy this week's roundup of LGBTQ+ business news!

Happy Holidays,

Trav 💜

Top Line

Stories With Main Character Energy

After Crashing Into Gay Bar, St. Louis Police Arrest Bar Owner

According to co-owner James Pence, police told him that the crash was caused after an officer swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the street. But when Pence arrived on the scene, things took a turn for the worse.

Read the full story at Queerency

Queer, neurodivergent entrepreneur takes a nonbinary approach in helping autistic community

Amanda Ralston is the founder of NonBinary Solutions (NBS), an innovative, decision-support software company aimed at aiding clinicians through the steps of providing care for people on the spectrum. 

Read the full story at Queerency.

7 Nonfiction Books by LGBTQ+ Authors that Make Great Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

Despite an influx of book bans this year, LGBTQ+ book sales are up. If you're looking for last-minute gifts for loved ones or yourself this year, here are 7 nonfiction books from members of the Queerency community.

Read the full story at Queerency.


Queer-Owned and -Allied Businesses In the News

‘Big Ole Queer Market’ Highlights LGBTQ+ Community and Supports Local Enterprises in Austin
The Big Ole Queer Market in Austin highlighted LGBTQ+ vendors and promoted small businesses in the local community.
15 brands that went ‘woke’ in 2023 - but did any actually go broke?
While we’ve lost count of all the brands that found themselves on the other end of boycotts, here are 13 of the “most woke” brands of 2023.
The investment case for LGBT fund managers and startups - ImpactAlpha
Investing in LGBT fund managers and founders is a strategic move towards unlocking untapped potential and driving innovation.
NFL Films supports LGBTQ-owned businesses at holiday market
An Employee Resource Group project yields an opening for new prospects. ‘A woman purchased my largest piece,’ one artist said, ‘that meant a lot to me.’

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Good News in Queer Business, Politics, and More

Cate Blanchett launches fund for female, trans and non-binary filmmakers
Cate Blanchett partnered with USC to uplift stories created by women, trans and non-binary people in the film industry.
In Appalachia, LGBTQ+ people are working to create welcoming spaces for their communities
Young LGBTQ+ people are working to make parts of central Appalachia more hospitable to members of the queer community, according to a scholar of transgender media and rural places.
Hallmark announces plans to feature more LGBTQ+ holiday films in 2024
Hallmark has pledged to bring more LGBTQ+ inclusive holiday films to their channel in 2024.
Queer in the City celebrates 2SLGBTQ+ community in Toronto’s art scene
Queer in the City celebrated queer creativity, and featured queer art and vendors, an origami workshop, and an open mic night.
LGBTQ+ book sales are up despite a record number of book ban attempts
This comes as the American Library Association said there were 695 attempts to censor books this year, the most since they started tracking in 2001.

Facts & Figures

Data to Digest

More young people than ever choose ‘queer’ over labels like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’
New research has found that young LGBTQ+ people, Gen Z choose to identify as ‘queer’ over traditional labels such as gay or lesbian.

Future Outlook

Opportunities & Events to Know About

Creating Change 2024

Join the nation’s foremost political, leadership, and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ+ movement at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans from Wednesday, January 17 to Sunday, January 21, 2024! Enjoy a mix of Institutes, keynote presentations, annual awards, and more than 100 workshops and caucuses.

Learn more and register here

Black Identity Development Conference

Join LGBTQ+ author and activists George M. Johnson, Hope Giselle, Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, and BrandElsa Pereira on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the inaugural Black Identity Development Conference.

Learn more and register here