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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)
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)
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
Texas’ Four Major LGBT Chambers of Commerce Form Statewide Business Advocacy Coalition
AUSTIN, Texas (January 29, 2019) — The LGBT chambers of commerce representing Texas’ four major metro areas have formed a statewide coalition designed to advocate for LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied businesses.
Founding members of the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce are the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. The combined population of the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio metro areas is nearly 19 million — more residents than all but four states.
On February 20, the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce will hold its first-ever Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol. During this event, representatives of the state’s LGBT chambers will visit with lawmakers to advocate for business issues important to the LGBT community.
“The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to stand with our sister LGBT chambers across the state to bring the power of our collective voices to advocate on behalf of the LGBT business community,” says Tammi Wallace, co-founder and chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “Representing hundreds of LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied businesses — and growing — our work together is even more important as we unify to represent our members through advocacy and other collaborative opportunities.”
The four metro-area chambers were prompted, in part, to launch the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce in response to the 2017 effort by conservative Republicans in the Texas Legislature to pass the “bathroom bill.” The measure, which died in the 2017 session, would have unfairly regulated the use of certain public facilities by transgender Texans.
A 2016 analysis by the Texas Association of Business found that the discriminatory “bathroom bill” — the so-called Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act — would have caused statewide economic harm of $8.5 billion, including the loss of 185,000 jobs.
“The Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce intends to prevent any and all anti-LGBT, economy-damaging measures from becoming law in Texas at the state and local levels,” says Chase Kincannon, chair of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Altogether, the four founding members of the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce represent more than 1,000 LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied business interests.
“There is power in numbers,” says Clint Thomson, board chair of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. “This new alliance will enable us to work collectively on behalf of all LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied businesses throughout the Lone Star State.”
Renee Garvens, president of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, says: “By joining forces with the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce, members of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce gain strength when it comes to fighting for LGBT issues that impact businesses in the Alamo City and across our great state.”
About the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce
Formed by the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce envisions a fully equitable, diverse and prosperous Texas. Our mission is to galvanize the collective power of the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce. Collectively, the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce represents more than 1,000 LGBT-owned and LGBT-allied businesses in Texas and beyond.
For more information, visit TexasLGBTChambers.com.