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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)

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

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

Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce

National & Local Chambers Seek Return to Business-Friendly Roots

7/13/2017

HOUSTON (July 7, 2017) – The Coalition of Texas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Chambers of Commerce; Austin Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, representing nearly 800 member/employers oppose all proposed legislation that discriminates against any Texan.

 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.

Texas has a long-held reputation as a pro-business state. That commitment to free enterprise is why so many of our member LGBT and ally business owners launched their companies in the Lone Star State. However, today some lawmakers continue to push an anti-LGBT legislative agenda that would harm Texans and our economy. We acknowledge the need for Governor Abbott to call a special session in order to deal with critical issues not addressed during the regular session. We are nonetheless disappointed he chose to include non-essential items on the agenda such as a call to “protects the privacy of our children” which is code for limiting transgender individuals' access to public facilities.

Numerous companies, conferences, sports leagues, and other organizations have stated they will not continue to do business in Texas if such discriminatory measures become law. We applaud these and the many major employers who have spoken out against discriminatory legislation. However, we are equally concerned with the impact this type of legislation could have on other businesses. Small businesses making up more than 98% of all Texas businesses. They are responsible for 45% of the state’s employees. The economic downturn expected to follow passage of discriminatory legislation will very likely impact small businesses, the businesses currently providing the engine to the “Texas Miracle”.

 Texas Lawmakers must return the State to its business-friendly roots. They must have the courage to stand up to the vocal minority pressing for discriminatory legislation that will harm our State, its businesses, and its people.”

Media Contact : Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce Tammi Wallace, Co-Chair 713-301-2266 tammi.wallace@houstonlgbtchamber.com
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