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LGBTQ+ History Month Edition: 3rd Thursday Breakfast - Community & ConnXions

Thursday, October 19, 2023 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM) (CDT)


Our Third Thursday Breakfasts are MOVING!!!


Starting Thursday, October 19th at 8:00 a.m.
New Location:  Cadillac Bar, Laredo Room
1802 Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77007

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Cadillac Bar, 1802 Shepherd

Join us for 3rd Thursday Breakfast - Community & ConnXions in October, as we celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month!

Featured Speaker - Judge Phyllis Frye

Our very special guest will be Judge Phyllis Frye. She is the first out transgender judge to be appointed in the United States, the first attorney to obtain corrected birth certificates for transgender people who had not undergone gender confirmation surgery, a survivor of conversion therapy, and author of a law review article that helped thousands of employers adopt supportive policies for their workers, Phyllis Frye is truly a pioneer in the fight for transgender rights.

Among her many accomplishments, Frye founded the first national organization devoted to shaping transgender law—the International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy, which has since created a body of work that includes the International Bill of Gender Rights—trained a cadre of future trans activists, and built the first national movement for transgender legal and political rights.

Judge Frye will sign the book, Phyllis Frye and the Fight for Transgender Rights, authored by Michael G. Long and Shea Tuttle. The book is a winner of the 2023 Liz Carpenter Award for Best Book on the History of Women.

Based on interviews with Judge Frye, Phyllis Frye and the Fight for Transgender Rights covers her early life, the discrimination she faced while struggling with her identity—including being discharged from the army and fired from a subsequent job at her alma mater, Texas A&M—her transition in 1976, her many years of activism, and her current position as an associate judge for the municipal courts of Houston.

This gripping account of Frye’s efforts to establish and protect the constitutional rights of transgender individuals not only fills a gap in existing histories of LGBTQ+ activism but will also inform and instruct contemporary trans activists.

You can pre-order the book during event registration for $40 (purchase by October 11), and it will be provided onsite at the registration table on the day of the event for $45, while supplies last.  Attendees can also bring a pre-purchased book. The book signing will occur after the program ends.

Event Sponsor

Thank you to our event sponsor and Chamber Member, Black Phlox!

Born of an immediate resiliency plan, Black Phlox was created by a nurse & veteran who was searching for a socially distanced way to lift spirits in an ever changing world of chaos. Lovingly known as RKP, Rica Kendrick-Palmer, is known for her compassion & warm smile. Sadly, the pandemic attempted to steal the entire world's resolve, including hers. During a quest for how to keep people together AND apart, Black Phlox aims to make hearts smile by allowing participants to create their own- next version of themselves in a personalized and intimate candle making experience.  Learn more at  

Join Us for the 3rd Thursday Breakfast!

The 3rd Thursday Breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to connect with individuals, business owners and community leaders. It's all about networking and community!

Registration Fees

Chamber Members - $20 in advance, $25 at the door
LAMBDA NextGen Members - $25 in advance, $25 at the door
Guests - $25 in advance / $30 at the door

Online registration closes at noon on Wednesday, October 18.

 Who should attend?
  • Business owners who want to connect with potential customers
  • Professionals seeking like-minded colleagues 
  • Nonprofit members who want to connect with others about their mission and work
  • Individuals who enjoy good company and networking
  • Community members and leaders looking for a space to connect
  • YOU!
Anyone looking to connect with community is welcome!

As an organization at the intersection of business and community, the Chamber is excited to help support a strong community and connect our members and guests. Grab a seat, enjoy the breakfast buffet and plenty of coffee! The event will allow for plenty of time for networking and a short program. 

Great door prizes too including complimentary registrations to an upcoming 3rd Thursday Breakfast courtesy of St. Anthony Community Choice, a gift card for a dozen cookies from Michael's Cookie Jar and more!


Add this event to your calendar and join us on the 3rd Thursdays in 2023 for a great opportunity to network, enjoy a wonderful breakfast and connect with community.

Sponsorship Opportunity!

Are you interested in sponsoring an upcoming 3rd Thursday Breakfast - Community & ConnXions? This event is a wonderful opportunity to raise brand visibility. Showcase your business while connecting with community!

Would you like to be a 3rd Thursday Breakfast - Community & ConnXions Featured Member?

Are you a member and would like to be highlighted as a Featured Member for the 3rd Thursday Breakfast - Community & ConnXions? There are two Featured Member sponsorships available for each event. Complete the Sponsor Form link above to inquire about having your business featured during the event.

By registering and/or attending a Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce program or event, you agree to Chamber's Terms of Use & Policies available online at


Chamber Members - $20 in advance / $25 at the door

LAMBDA NextGen Members$25 in advance / $25 at the door

Guests - $25 in advance / $30 at the door

Purchase Phyllis Frye and the Fight for Transgender Rights Book for $40 (available through October 11)

Complimentary parking is available.

Cadillac Bar
1802 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007 United States
Thursday, October 19, 2023 (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM) (CDT)
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