The stateâ€™s first gay and lesbian chamber of commerce is officially launched this week in New Haven. WNPRâ€™s Harriet Jones reports.
The Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities, or CABO aims to connect gay owned businesses, or those with an interest in the gay and lesbian market. Itâ€™s been in the organizational stages for about a year, but will launch an official membership drive at an event Thursday in New Haven. Attorney Dena Castricone is president of the board of directors, and one of the driving forces behind the formation of the chamber. She hopes the launch will bring the issues of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community into the spotlight.
Castriconeâ€™s firm, Murtha Cullina is a founding member of the chamber, as is New Haven restaurant Bentara which will host the launch. CABO is backed by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. There are currently 45 gay and lesbian centered chambers around the US, the oldest in Seattle has been around since 1980.