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NBC News: 28 LGBTQ-owned brands and businesses to support in 2021 (June 2021)

Chron.com: Houston Chronicle: Diversity Series | Who's Who in Houston (June 2021) 

OutSmart: OPINION: 52 Years After Stonewall, the LGBTQ+ Community Still Needs Allies (June 2021)

Front Office Sports: Beyond the Rainbow: The Evolution of Pride Games (June 2021)

Dallas Voice: No rainbows in Ranger land (June 2021)

OutSmart: Houston's New Police Chief is a Loyal LGBTQ Ally (June 2021)

Dallas Voice: More than rainbows in June (June 2021)

OutSmart: Capturing Houston's LGBTQ History (June 2021)

OutSmart: Playing with Pride - Three local sports teams host Pride-themed games this month (June 2021)

Jewish Herald-Voice: AJC Community of Conscience to hold town-hall webinar with Houston's Asian community (April 2021)

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

June 2021 - Pride In Business Celebration Wrap Up, Comcast RISE Recipients, HBJ Special Section

May 2021 - Upcoming Pride Events, Member Spotlights, HBJ Partnership

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

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. 

Additional Info

Media Contact : Tammi Wallace (she|her|hers) / 713-301-2266/ tammi.wallace@houstonlgbtchamber.com

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