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What is the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce?

The Chamber is the leading voice for the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community in the Greater Houston region.

Mission: The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce accelerates economic opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + business community through a strong network of business allies, innovative programs, strategic partnerships and advance policies that foster economic inclusion and equality.

The Chamber launched in 2016 to ensure representation for the LGBTQ+ Business Community.  The organization was founded by Co-Founders Tammi Wallace and Gary Wood.  The  Chamber is supported by members and Corporate Partners that invest in the mission of the organization.

Fast Facts:
  • Grown every year since the launch of the organization
  • Only business organization in the region focused on supporting and growing the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community
  • Working with the Chamber and the NGLCC, the City of Houston is the first city in Texas to recognize LGBT-owned businesses
  • Largest number of Certified LGBTBE® businesses in the State of Texas
Learn more about the Chamber here.

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National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Teams Up With Affiliate Chambers and Grubhub to Offer String-Free Funds for Struggling Restaurants Impacted by COVID

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Chamber Leader is among the group of diverse female leaders to serve on the commission

“The Houston Women’s Commission is a voice that is needed in our city to ensure that there is a dedicated focus to advance equality and equity for women,” said Tammi Wallace, Chamber Co-Founder, President & CEO.

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Removing barriers for underestimated entrepreneurs is at the core of LiftFund's work

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Celebrating the important role of the LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce held its signature event, Pride In Business, on June 24, 2021 to celebrate Pride Month and the Chamber’s five year anniversary as well as launch the Pride In Business Awards.

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TEXAS WOMEN URGE LAWMAKERS TO REJECT BILLS THAT FALSELY CLAIM TO PROTECT WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORTS AND TO REJECT ALL DANGEROUS ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION THAT CRIMINALIZES PARENTS AND DOCTORS AND PUTS CHILDREN’S LIVES AT RISK

TEXAS WOMEN URGE LAWMAKERS TO REJECT BILLS THAT FALSELY CLAIM TO PROTECT WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SPORTS AND TO REJECT ALL DANGEROUS ANTI-TRANS LEGISLATION THAT CRIMINALIZES PARENTS AND DOCTORS AND PUTS CHILDREN’S LIVES AT RISK

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Though this verdict will not bring back George Floyd or remove the pain of his loss for the family and friends, there a measure of accountability but true justice will take time.

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Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce speak out in opposition to multiple anti-LGBTQ bills that discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and more specifically, transgender individuals and transgender youths.

Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce speak out in opposition to multiple anti-LGBTQ bills that discriminate against LGBTQ Texans and more specifically, transgender individuals and transgender youths.

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Study by Leading Texas Economist Shows LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Would Create Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Billions in Tax Revenues, Significant Economic Growth

Study by Leading Texas Economist Shows LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Would Create Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Billions in Tax Revenues, Significant Economic Growth

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City of Houston Makes Historic Announcement with the Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Historic collaboration between The City of Houston, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce will generate massive social and economic gains for the LGBT business community of Texas.

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“With our work since the launch of the Chamber, we have created a ‘seat at the table’ for the LGBTQ+ Business Community.”

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The Greater Houston LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proud to be named a local Comcast RISE partner. Comcast RISE is a commitment from Comcast to support small businesses...

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“…we must step up and help the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ+ community…”

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation is stepping up this holiday season to help those who are most vulnerable in the LGBTQ+ community by holding a Holiday Food Drive to support those in need.

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Discrimination against LGBTQ Texans has no place in our state

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce denounces the actions by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and Behavioral Health Executive Council to remove from the social work Code of Conduct a prohibition on discrimination...

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Historic Collaboration between the British Consulate General in Houston Reflects Commitment to the LGBTQ Business Community

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Consulate General in Houston in an online and historic signing event...

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We celebrate Monica’s life and legacy. Rest in Power, Monica.

The Chamber mourns the loss of transgender activist Monica Roberts. She passed away in Houston this week.

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BUDDY’S is the first ever LGBTQ-owned bar to serve as a polling location.

The Chamber is proud to announce that Chamber Member, BUDDY’s Houston, has been selected by Harris County to serve as a polling location on Election Day.

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As a member of the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our participation in Out To Vote Early, a nonpartisan initiative designed to educate and motivate people to vote early.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a fierce advocate for women and a champion for the LGBTQ+ community.

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The Board of Directors has established the position of President and Chief Executive Officer to lead, manage, and execute day-to-day operations of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

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Pride Across Texas connects the LGBTQ & Allied Business Community Across the State of Texas

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The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston during Pride Month.

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Chamber releases statement on historic SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ+ Workers

Chamber releases statement on historic SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ+ Workers

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Chamber releases a statement on the senseless killing of George Floyd.

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Astros will hold first-ever PRIDE NIGHT during PRIDE Month

The Houston Astros announced today that they will host their first-ever PRIDE NIGHT on Wednesday, June 24 at Minute Maid Park versus the Minnesota Twins during PRIDE Month. The announcement was made during the Astros annual media luncheon.

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We urge the legislature to include similar language in SB 2485, SB 2487 and SB 2488, to assure all Texans are afforded equal treatment.

We stand shoulder to shoulder with our 1,000+ business members and other business organizations from around the state.

Tammi Wallace

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce has forged a collaborative agreement with The Woodlands Pride that will serve the interests of both organizations.

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Organizations will work together to strengthen small business in region

According to the agreement, the Chamber and HCC are “joined by a common mission: helping start, maintain and expand small businesses.”

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Texas ranks last in new state equality index

In a blow to the state’s economic prosperity, Texas receives the worst rating in the new State Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute.

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Gary Wood to step down as Chair, Tammi Wallace to assume position in January 2019

Gary Wood to step down as Chair, Tammi Wallace to assume position in January 2019.

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"The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is deeply disappointed by the actions of the El Tiempo restaurant chain on Friday after a visit at one of their locations from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Greater Houston LGBT Chamber Denounces DACA Decision

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce denounces the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has provided hope for many young people seeking to live free and openly in this country.

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Along with our partner, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), we call on the Texas Legislature to abandon anti-LGBT legislation and get back to supporting business and growing our economy.

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Along with our partners we recognize SB6, the “Texas Privacy Act” as nothing more than legislated discrimination against the transgender community.

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More than 50 members have joined organization

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its first anniversary and marking significant achievements in its first full year.

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Minority LGBTBE® certification through Chamber helps local companies win contracts

As Houston prepares to host the Super Bowl, at least six local LGBT-owned businesses are reaping the rewards of Houston hosting the big game, thanks to a new chamber of commerce and the NFL’s commitment to diversity.

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The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber is deeply shocked and saddened about the violent and horrendous attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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Group aims to increase economic opportunity for local businesses

Group aims to increase economic opportunity for local businesses

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Listen to Chamber Leadership talk about the important work of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce focused on economic inclusion for the LGBTQ+ & Allied Business Community. The Chamber is at the intersection of business + community!

The Chamber provides tremendous value to member businesses through business development opportunities, marketing exposure to businesses and consumers, including the LGBTQ+ market, representation in the regional and national LGBTQ+ and business communities, resources for business growth and operation, and advocacy for equal rights and business-friendly public policy.

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