CLEVELAND - A registry of businesses owned by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is now up and running.
The registry was in the works for several years. It is a partnership between the City of Cleveland and Plexus. Plexus is the LGBT and allied chamber of commerce in Northeast Ohio.
The LGBT registry launched just a few months ahead of the 2014 Gay Games that will come to Cleveland this summer. The registry will allow LGBT businesses to be showcased in an effort to keep money spent from the games in our region said local leaders.
"I know this will be checked weekly," said Michelle Tomallo, Board President of Plexus.
The Gay Games are expected to bring in thousands of people and millions of dollars to the city.
"I think it's trailblazing, enterprising also pioneering," said Natoya Walker Minor, Chief of Public Affairs for Cleveland.
To be listed in the registry, businesses must be at least 51 percent owned and operated by an LGBT individual.
More information available at the City of Cleveland's website .