The Balance Sheet: November 21, 2023

This week, our roundup of stories includes policy-tracking in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and in the state of Florida. We're also back with Ada Vargas, aka Queer Money Coach, with more tips on keeping your holiday spending in check.

The Balance Sheet: November 21, 2023

Happy holidays, Queerency fam! We're grateful for you.

For the LGBTQ+ community, the holidays are some of the most hectic and challenging times of the year. Whether you're abstaining from the holiday, spending time with family members who don't fully see your identity, or cherishing time with your chosen family, you'll always have a safe space here at Queerency.

This week, our roundup of stories includes policy-tracking in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and in the state of Florida. We're also back with Ada Vargas, aka Queer Money Coach, with more tips on keeping your holiday spending in check.

Before diving into your weekly dose of the best business news of the week, Trav and I want to invite you to the annual LGBTQ+ Business Week, a 7-day virtual celebration of queer-owned small businesses. From November 27-December 3, there will be panel discussions and virtual meetups with LGBTQ-owned businesses from all over the globe.

Check out the hundreds of businesses that have already signed up, and submit yours to our database of #BuyProud Businesses. Interested in sponsorship or other collaboration opportunities? Email

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

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

Until next week,

Your editor-in-chief, Leo đź’ś

Top Line

Stories With Main Character Energy

A new Florida 'Don't Say Gay' bill will ban all LGBTQ+ nonprofits, prohibit pronoun use in businesses

On Tuesday, November 21, Republican State Representative Ryan Chamberlin introduced House Bill 599, which will effectively ban LGBTQ+ nonprofits from operating in the state of Florida.

HB 599 also prohibits state and local government employees–as well as businesses that are government contractors– from:

  • changing their pronouns or honorifics if they do not match their assigned sex at birth
  • instructing on gender identity or sexuality

Read the full story at Queerency

City of Murfreesboro amends an ordinance banning public homosexuality

Murfreesboro, the sixth largest city in Tennessee, passed an ordinance in June banned "indecent behavior" including homosexuality. In laymans terms, the ordinance would make it illegal to be gay in public in the city of Murfreesboro. This ordinance could also set a precedent for more LGBTQ+ bans across the country.

After social media advocacy and a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Murfreesboro quietly amended the ordinance to remove the word homosexuality from the list of indecent behaviors banned in public.

Watch our coverage of this story on Queerency's Instagram page

A 3-step guide to help shoppers avoid overspending on holiday gifts

According to a CNBC report published yesterday, 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck heading into the holiday season, but most people still plan on overspending for the holidays.

Queerency spoke with money coach Ada Vargas, also known as the Queer Money Coach, about how to curb holiday spending during this season of hyperconsumerism.

Read the full story at Queerency


Queer-Owned and -Allied Businesses In the News

Check out our list of 20 trans-owned service providers you should know

Last week, for Trans Awareness Week, we spotlighted 20 trans-owned service providers you should know about, including:

  • Outerwebz Assistance and its owner Zander, a virtual assistant and digital project manager who helps neurodiverse, queer, and spicy business owners
  • Blvck Rose Tattoo, a piercing and tattoo shop creating a safe, inclusive space for those in the community
  • Logan Jacobs, a realtor who focuses on providing an affirming, holistic service to all in Boston, Cambridge, and beyond.

Check out the full list on the LGBTQ+ Business Week Instagram page.

Point of View Ep. 2: Queer-Friendly Wedding Vendors in Utah
Opinion Writer Morgan Champine shares about their thoughts on how wedding vendors can show their support for the queer community in Utah.

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Good News in Queer Business, Politics, and More

Florida drag shows win temporary victory in Supreme Court
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law to ban “children” from “adult live performances” that feature sexual conduct. While the law doesn’t refer to drag shows, it is widely seen as aimed at them.
For this group of trans women, the pope and his message of inclusivity are a welcome change
Pope Francis is hosting a special lunch for more than 1,000 poor people to mark the Catholic Church’s World Day of the Poor
Dwyane Wade and Netflix Created a “Love Letter” From Fathers to Their Trans Kids
In the 11-minute movie, six dads go on a weekend fishing trip and bond over raising LGBTQ+ kids.

Facts & Figures

Data to Digest

321 transgender people were murdered this year, according to a UK report

UK-based organization Transgender Europe (TGEU for short) released its 2023 Trans Murder Monitoring report on November 13, just one week before Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20.

Trans Day of Remembrance is a day to honor our trans and non-binary siblings whose lives have been lost to senseless violence fueled by transphobia.

According to TGEU's report, 321 trans and gender-diverse people were reported murdered between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023. Of that, 94% of victims are trans women or trans feminine people, and 48% of trans people whose occupation was known were sex workers.

Read the full report by TGEU.


Challenges to Overcome

Target faces right-wing backlash over LGBTQ+ Christmas products
Target is facing right-wing backlash again, this time over its inclusive Christmas merchandise, amid it appointing a Pride lead.
One year after Club Q shooting, survivors struggle with pain, trauma and unpaid medical bills
“Everything’s been a healing process, but mainly just a lot of continuous battles,” survivor Ashtin Gamblin said.

Future Outlook

Opportunities & Events to Know About

LGBTQ+ Business Week

Join thousands of businesses and supporters in a 7-day celebration of queer-owned small businesses! From November 27-December 3, we'll be hosting virtual events to help queer-owned small businesses thrive, build, and learn from each other.

Add your business to the #BuyProud Business Database and stay tuned as we reveal the event and speaker lineup for LGBTQ+ Business Week.

Visit and follow us at @lgbtqbusinessweek

Apply for Point of Pride's Annual Trans Surgery Fund by November 30

Point of Pride will grant awards to transgender and nonbinary people seeking funding for gender-affirming surgery. Submit your application by November 30.

More details are available at

Nominate a youth leader in California to win up to $10,000

The California Endowment and Youth Leadership Institute teamed up to grant a total of $62,000 to youth leaders and nonprofit awards cultivating pathways for youth power in California.

Nominate a youth leader (ages 16-26) in California and they can win one of the following awards:

  • Voices for Change Award, 4 winners will receive $3,000 each
  • Brandon Harrison Youth Visionary Award, 1 winner will receive $10,000

A Youth Power Partner Award that grant 4 nonprofits $10,000 each for creating a platform for youth to become leaders.

Nominate youth leaders on The California Endowment website by December 22.