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RocketsWire: Rockets Celebrate First Pride Night Game at Toyota Center (April 2021)

OutSmart: Houston Rockets LGBTQ Pride Night is April 14 (April 2021)

Jewish Herald-Voice: Mayor Turner Stands Against Voter Suppression (April 2021)

Houstonia: Houston Business Deals Just Got Way More Inclusive (March 2021)

KUHF: Teachers Move Up The Priority List for COVID-19 Vaccines (March 2021)

ABC13: Houston becomes first in Texas to set participation goals for LGBTQ-certified businesses in city contracts (March 2021)

Community Impact: Houston becomes first in Texas to set participation goals for LGBTQ-certified businesses in city contracts (March 2021)

Greater Houston Partnership: Houston First in TX to Expand Contracting with LGBT Businesses (March 2021)

Houston Chronicle: Houston adds LGBT certification for city contractors (March 2021)

Houston Business Journal: Houston first city in Texas to create initiative to expand contracting with LGBTQ businesses (March 2021)

OutSmart Magazine: LGBTQ-Certified Businesses Now Included in the City of Houston Procurement Process (March 2021)

Houston Business Journal: Houston Business Journal names individual honorees for 2021 Diversity in Business Awards (February 2021)

KPRC2: House pass legislation to ban discrimination on sexual orientation, gender identity (February 2021)

Community Impact Newspaper: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service (February 2021)

Realty News Report: Nation's Largest LGBTQ Seniors Housing Center Opens in Houston (February 2021)

ABC13: $1 million grant to be awarded to 100 minority-owned Houston businesses (February 2021)

Houston Business Journal: Comcast pledges $1M in grants to BIPOC-owned Houston small businesses (February 2021)

Telemundo Houston: Comcast otorga $1 millón de ayuda para pequeños negocios en Houston (February 2021)

Houston Chronicle: $1 Million in Grants to be Allocated to Houston Minority Small Businesses (February 2021) 

Houston Public Media: New $1 Million Grant will Go To 100 Minority-Owned Houston Businesses (February 2021) 

OutSmart Magazine: ’Tis the Season for Giving (December 2020)

Community Impact Newspaper: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber hosts holiday food drive (November 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Hosts ‘Pride Across Texas’ Today (November 2020)

Dallas Voice: LGBTQ chambers hosting statewide networking event (November 2020)

KPRC2: Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions (October 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Chamber Recognized as Favorite Local LGBTQ Community Organization (October 2020) 

Dallas Voice: Texas LGBTQ Chambers introduces Out To Vote Early (September 2020) 

Houston Business Journal: LGBT Chamber Chair: Cos' have to put in the work' after Supreme Court's job discrimination ruling (June 2020)

Greater Houston Partnership: Empowering Houston's LGBT Business Owners and Allies (June 2020)

Houston Business Journal: For Montrose, Pride amid Covid-19 evokes complex emotions (June 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Will Corporate Sponsors Show Up for Pride 2020? (May 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Local LGBTQ Businesses Come Out …of Quarantine (May 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: LGBTQ Organizations Adapt to the Pandemic (April 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Anniversary Party (March 2020)

RocketsWire: Houston Rockets announce first annual Pride Night for April 2 (February 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Rockets Host Their First-Ever Pride Night (February 2020)

KPRC2: Baseball is for everyone': Houston Astros to host Pride Night in June among other special days (February 2020)

Houston Chronicle: Astros to host Pride Night during 2020 season (February 2020)

OutSmart Magazine: Astros to host an LGBTQ Pride Event (February 2020)

NGLCC: Building Resources for a Robust LGBT Business Community (February 2020)

InnovationMap: Houston software entrepreneur discusses company growth and the importance of remembrance during Pride Month (June 2019)

Houston Business Journal: Op-ed: Stonewall paved the way for Houston's LGBTQ community (June 2019)

InnovationMap: Houston Business Leader on the Importance of Engaging the LGBTQ community (June 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: New LGBTQ Coalition Seeks to Hold Politicians Accountable (June 2019)

BEQ Magazine: Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce scores big for local businesses (March 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Unite (March 2019)

Houston Business Journal: Yes, Texas LGBT business leaders advocate for social issues, but focus just as much on economic ones (February 2019)

Houston Business Journal: LGBT business groups link up with state lawmakers to push for greater protections in Texas (February 2019)

Dallas Voice: Texas LGBT Chambers form coalition (February 2019)

OUTINSA: Four Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce Join Forces to Advocate for Equality (February 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: Author Mark David Gibson Brings "Living Authentically" Discourse to Houston (January 2019)

OutSmart Magazine: Constable Rosen’s Office to Offer Self-Defense Training to LGBTQ Community (December 2018)

KPRC2: 'It's an Act of Hate': Police Investing defacement of Houston's Pride Wall. (November 2018)

Houston Business Journal: Op-ed: Supreme Court ruling isn't the end of the religious freedom in business debate (June 2018) 

Houston Business Journal: Houston companies make some strides in LGBTQ equality, but still lag behind other cities (June 2018) 

Houston Public Media: LGBT and immigration activists from Houston go to Austin to criticize SB4 and SB6 (March 2017) 

Houston Chronicle: LGBT chamber, small business agency form partnership (September 2016) 

Houston Business Journal:  New Houston LGBT chamber of commerce forms (February 2016)

Monthly Newsletters

April 2021 - Inaugural Member Spotlights, Pride In Business, Viral Video

March 2021 - Celebration, Inaugural Member Spotlights, Pitch Your Biz

February 2021 - Chamber Anniversary, Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, Member Spotlights

January 2021 - PPP, Legislative Convenes, New Events for 2021, Member Spotlights

December 2020 - Closing out the Year, Chamber Holiday Food Drive, Corporate Partner Highlight

November 2020 - Gratitude, Chamber Holiday Food Drive, Alley Virtual Holiday Celebrations

October 2020 - Gayest & Greatest Winners, Out to Vote Early, LGBTQ Bar Polling Location

September 2020 - President & CEO and Board Leadership Announcement, Member Spotlights, National Small Business Week

August 2020 - Gayest & Greatest, PPP Loan Forgiveness, Board Member Spotlight, New YouTube Channel

July 2020 - Chamber Champion, Consulate General of Mexico in Houston Partnership, Harris County Small Business Recovery Fund, PPP Deadline Extended

June 2020 - Pride Month, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference, PPP Funds Still Available

May 2020 - How To Get LGBTBE Certified, New OBO Director, Upcoming Events

April 2020 - ChamberCares, Bank of America Accepting PPP Applications, New Webinars

March 2020 - COVID-19, Support Local, Upcoming Webinars

February 2020 - Chamber 4th Anniversary, Pride Nights, New Corporate Partner

January 2020 - Chamber of the Year, NGLCC 2020 Conference

December 2019 - End of Year Message, Small Business Award Nominations

November 2019 - Holiday Party, October Event Recap

October 2019 - National Coming Out Day, Upcoming Events

September 2019 - Tropical Storm Imelda, NGLCC Conference Recap

August 2019 - New Corporate Partner, Member Spotlights

July 2019 - Inaugural Education Series, member gets special recognition

June 2019 - Celebrating Pride, Upcoming Events & More!

May 2019 - Pride in Business, LGBTBE® certification

April 2019 - NGLCC Conference Registration, United Leading the Way

March 2019 - Chamber 3rd Anniversary, New Strategic Partnerships

February 2019 - Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce Unite, Welcome Jonathan Marrs

January 2019 - Special event with Mark David Gibson, Regions Bank ribbon cutting

December 2018 - New Silver Corporate Partner Comcast, happy holidays

November 2018- New Chamber site, sponsorship opportunities and more

October 2018- Chamber Board Chair transition, SBA Strategic Partnership

September 2018- UH Small Biz Development Workshops, Entrepreneurial Bootcamp

August 2018 - Thank you to corporate partners, member gets special recognition

July 2018 - Prepare for natural disasters and countdown to conference

June 2018 - Pride in Business, Pride calendar and more

April 2018 - NGLCC mentorship, Contemporary Relationships Conference

March 2018 - NGLCC Early Bird rates, Facebook workshops

February 2018 - Women's Business Workshop and Philly bound

January 2018- Value of the gay dollar and recent event photos

Houston is First in Texas to Include LGBT Businesses

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


Houston is First in Texas to Include LGBT 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 

Houston, TX  / Washington, DC (March 4, 2021) -  The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, is proud to announce Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has signed an executive order including NGLCC Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers and ensuring they have equitable access to contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city. For LGBT citizens of Houston, this inclusive policy provides fair and equal access to contracting opportunities and economic development programs that drive innovation, create jobs, and promote economic growth throughout the region. 

“Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Sylvester Turner and of our local affiliate chamber, the award-winning Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, LGBT entrepreneurs in the Houston region will now have the opportunity to create jobs and develop innovations that benefit all who live there. History has been made here in Houston, and this victory for inclusivity has once again proved our core values that ‘diversity is good for business’ and that ‘if you can buy it, a Certified LGBTBE® can supply it.’ We are excited to see LGBTBEs in every field, from construction to catering and everything in between, help grow the economy of Houston and beyond,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson.

This Executive Order makes Houston the first city in Texas, and one of the largest in the nation, to intentionally create an initiative to expand its inclusion of LGBT-owned businesses in municipal contracting and procurement opportunities. Coupled with the educational, mentorship, networking and access to capital programs offered by both the national and Houston chamber networks, business owners from across all diverse communities in the greater Houston region will see fresh opportunities to thrive. 

“As the most diverse city in the country, the City of Houston is sending a strong message that our great city is open to all including LGBTQ owned businesses. The LGBTQ business community plays a vital role in the local economy and is an important part of our diverse city. Inclusion of the LGBTBE® Certification means that LGBTQ entrepreneurs can engage authentically and have access to economic opportunities, tools and resources. Thank you to Mayor Turner for paving the way in Texas and for his commitment to the LGBTQ business community,” said Tammi Wallace, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. 

The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity (OBO) will provide implementation and oversight of this new initiative. Educational webinars and additional information about the inclusion of LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs®) in OBO’s online certification directory will be shared via email, as well as on national and local chamber websites, in the weeks ahead. 

“The signing of this executive order coincides with the five-year anniversary of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, and I am especially proud to celebrate these two historic milestones,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. “The City of Houston has always been committed to providing fair and equal access to economic and contracting opportunities to all eligible businesses – and we are proud to formally memorialize this commitment to the LGBTQ community.” 

In addition to its certification directory, OBO also provides a host of support services for Houston’s small business community, as well as business development and workforce development programs – all of which are available to all individuals. 

“We look forward to the increased participation and awareness of the LGBT community in our programs, which are meant to help businesses grow and increase their success in bidding for contracts in both the public and private sectors,” said OBO Director Marsha E. Murray. “We are eager to strengthen our partnership with the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber and the NGLCC to provide these opportunities.” 

Such inclusion is now a best practice of the private sector and of an ever-growing number of states and municipalities thanks to the advocacy of NGLCC and its state and local affiliate chambers like the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Recent advocacy wins for NGLCC Certified LGBTBE® suppliers include New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; Miami; Nashville; and statewide opportunities with Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California. 

“While we have a long way to go for LGBT equality in the region, Texas has always defied stereotypes and discrimination with a strong and growing network of NGLCC Certified LGBTBE® suppliers and LGBT-owned companies. We hope this Executive Order in Houston will encourage more cities in Texas to proactively include the LGBT community for the optimum social and economic health of their cities. Collectively, LGBT-owned businesses contribute to the $1.7 trillion dollars that the LGBT business community puts into the national economy.  Progressive and inclusive leadership, like that of Mayor Turner, will ensure greater access to the American Dream for every American,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell. 

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About NGLCC

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, known as LGBT Business Enterprises (Certified LGBTBEs®). www.nglcc.org @nglcc


About the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Established in February 2016, the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to accelerate economic opportunity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + (LGBTQ+) business community through a strong network of business allies, innovative programs, strategic partnerships and advance policies that foster economic inclusion and equality.

NGLCC MEDIA CONTACT
Jonathan Lovitz, Senior Vice President
press@nglcc.org | cell: 954-695-5896

GHLGBTCC MEDIA CONTACT
Tammi Wallace, Co-Founder, President & CEO
tammi.wallace@houstonlgbtchamber.com | cell: 713-301-2266


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