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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

Texas LGBT Chambers Unite Against Anti-LGBT Legislation

5/8/2017

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 SB6 and all proposed legislation that discriminates against any Texan.

Along with our partners at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Texas Association of Business, Equality Texas, Keep Texas Open for Business, leading corporations, and business/tourism associations, we recognize SB6, the “Texas Privacy Act” as nothing more than legislated discrimination against the transgender community.  

In spite of its purposely deceptive name, the Texas Privacy Act is legislated discrimination. Its purpose is to further marginalize the transgender community under the guise of protecting women and children from bathroom predators. While this proposed legislation does nothing to protect potential victims from predators it does place transgender Texans at risk. Trans and gender non-conforming people are far more likely to be victims of violence and harassment in restrooms than they are to be perpetrators.

SB6 and similar discriminatory legislation are bad for business, bad for our members, and bad for Texas. A recent economic impact study commissioned by the Texas Association of Business estimated Texas could lose up to 185,000 jobs if SB6 were to become law. In addition, $8.5 billion in GDP could be lost. Forbes estimates North Carolina has lost $630 Million due to HB2, their hastily enacted bathroom bill. NFL spokesman, Brian McCarthy, told the Houston Chronicle, “If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law (in Texas), that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events.”

The Coalition of Texas LGBT Chambers serve the four of the top ten fastest growing metro areas in the country—Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Our communities need funding for education and workforce development, improvements to infrastructure and transportation, and much more. What we don’t need are instructions on using a restroom.

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