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
Texas LGBT Chambers Unite Against Anti-LGBT Legislation
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.
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.