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Houston Chronicle: Astros to host Pride Night during 2020 season (February 2020)
OutSmart Magazine: Astros to host an LGBTQ Pride Event (February 2020)
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)
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
Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce Call for Comprehensive LGBT Protections
Texas ranks last in new state equality index
AUSTIN, Texas (February 5, 2019) — 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. However, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute shows a majority of Texans support anti-discrimination laws protecting the state’s LGBT residents.
Given Texas’ poor showing in the State Equality Index but its strong showing in the poll, the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce believes it’s time for Texas lawmakers to pass legislation providing comprehensive protections for LGBT Texans, including long-needed statutes that would erase the risk of Texans being fired, evicted or denied services because of their LGBT identity.
“Enacting basic protections for LGBT Texans is not only the right thing to do from the perspective of equality, but it’s also the right thing to do to ensure Texas continues to attract and retain equality-minded workers and employers,” said Tammi Wallace, co-founder and chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce.
In the HRC Foundation’s and Equality Federation Institute’s State Equality Index, Texas joins 27 states in the lowest-rated category — “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality.”
“The State Equality Index is a shameful reflection on the sad state of LGBT equality in Texas,” Wallace said. “We can and must do better to ensure that key economic players — including employers like Apple and events like the Super Bowl — continue to consider Texas. It has been demonstrated that Texas stands to lose billions of dollars if lawmakers are successful in passing legislation that singles out LGBT Texans for discrimination.”
In the current legislative session, non-discrimination bills have been filed by state Sen. José Rodriguez of El Paso, state Rep. Jessica Farrar of Houston and state Rep. Diego Bernal of San Antonio. Bills filed by state Sen. Charles Perry of Lubbock, state Sen. Bob Hall of Rockwall and state Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington would make it legal for certain groups to discriminate against LGBT Texans.
On Feb. 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.
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.
Tammi Wallace, Board Chair