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.
- 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
Statement on the Death of George Floyd
We write this statement on the weekend before Pride month officially starts and ending a week of tremendous racial injustice with the death of George Floyd. The irony is not lost on us that considering the protests and riots we are seeing and that of the historical Stonewall riots 51 years ago. Our community understands what it means to speak out about inequities and discrimination and to deny those that would say that our lives don't matter.
However, systemic racism is pervasive in our country and as an organization focused on economic inclusion, we recognize the tremendous costs of systemic discrimination, particularly to communities of color, and especially the African American community. We see this systemic racism play out in the lives of LGBTQ business owners, especially those who are from communities of color, who are denied equal opportunity and a seat at the "economic opportunity" table.
George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, Alton Sterling, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray...and more. Enough is Enough.
We condemn these senseless killings and acts of violence that are repeatedly directed at the African American community, all communities of color and LGBTQ people. We grieve the loss of George Floyd and so many others who have lost their lives.
As an organization, our board recognizes the importance of intersectionality and economic inclusion and the power of our collective voices when we unite. We will work to do even more in the months and years ahead, even more intentionally and even more committed. We can and we will.
Tammi Wallace, President & CEO
Jonathan Marrs, Board Chair
Jason Rocha, Vice Chair
Shenice Brown, Treasurer
Tiffany Tosh, Secretary
Jack Berger, Board Member
Thomas Lopez, Board Member
Media Contact : Tammi Wallace (she|her|hers) / 713-301-2266/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.