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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

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 LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Praise the Filing of New Comprehensive Non-Discrimination State Legislation

Study by Leading Texas Economist Shows LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Would Create Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Billions in Tax Revenues, Significant Economic Growth




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Angela Hale, Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, 512.289.2995 angela@redmediagroup.com 

The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Praise the Filing of New Comprehensive Non-Discrimination State Legislation to Ensure Equality for LGBTQ Texans

Study by Leading Texas Economist Shows LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Would Create Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs, Billions in Tax Revenues, Significant Economic Growth

Austin, Texas – March 12, 2021- The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, a statewide organization of LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce today praised the filing of new modern legislation that will pro-actively protect the LGBTQ community and ensure that every single Texan, including LGBTQ Texans will be treated equally under Texas law.  HB 3860 authored by Texas Representative Jessica González and SB 1540 by Senator Jose Menéndez will extend non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

“The only way to achieve the freedom for LGBTQ people to live, work, earn a living, raise our families, and contribute fully to our communities is to pass a comprehensive, statewide nondiscrimination law that protects all people, including LGBTQ people,” said Tony Vedda, CEO of North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce

“Currently, Texas is one of 27 states where there are no protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  Texans can get married on Sunday and the very next day get kicked out of a restaurant or evicted from their apartment or turned down for a lease because of who they are or who they love. State legislation will guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people,” said Tammi Wallace, Co-founder & CEO of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

A first-of-its-kind study by renowned Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman, commissioned by Texas Competes, the business coalition of Equality Texas shows the expected economic impacts of a statewide, comprehensive nondiscrimination law covering employment, housing, and public spaces for LGBTQ Texans and visitors. The Perryman Group found that in the first biennium, such a law would create $1.3 billion in cumulative state and local tax revenues, and in the 2021-2045 period, it would create 700,000 new Texas jobs, more than $1.3 trillion in gross product, and $130 billion in tax revenues for state and local governments. 

“Texas is one of the best states to do business. If we want to escalate our competitive advantage into the future, our research shows significant benefits from enactment of a comprehensive nondiscrimination law that includes all people, including LGBTQ people,” said Dr. Ray Perryman, CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic analysis firm based in Waco, Texas.  “Our analysis found enormous, untapped economic potential for our state if LGBTQ people were protected from discrimination based on who they are.”

“The good news is that 70% of Texans – including majorities in both parties and all major religious groups – already support the idea of nondiscrimination protections for their LGBTQ neighbors, coworkers, family members, and friends,” said Tina Grider-Cannon, CEO of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce “Dr. Perryman’s work shows us that such a policy is crucial to the future competitiveness of the state, and that it would deliver tangible benefits to all Texans.”

“The San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce and our statewide LGBTQ Chamber coalition are proud to work with San Antonio’s Senator Jose Menéndez and Dallas Texas Representative Jessica González on a comprehensive non-discrimination bill that will provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life,” said Melissa Ochoa, San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce Board President

Topline study findings show that a 2021 statewide nondiscrimination policy would result in:

By 2025

  • $20 billion in annual Gross Product
  • 180,000 new jobs
  • $2.8 billion in state tax receipts and $2 billion to local governments

By 2045

  • $105 billion in annual Gross Product
  • 700,000 new jobs
  • $74 billion in state tax receipts and $56 billion to local governments

Link to Perryman Study

https://www.texascompetes.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Perryman-Impact-of-a-Texas-CNDA-5_28_20_-FULL-STUDY.pdf

About the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce: 

Texas LGBTQ Chambers is a coalition of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We work to achieve equality and inclusion by promoting economic vitality in our communities and strengthening LGBTQ and ally businesses. The 1,000+ LGBTQ and Allied businesses of the Chambers speak with one voice. We call upon our local elected representatives to introduce or support legislation that supports diversity in the workplace and opposes discrimination. We know, in Texas, when business thrives, people prosper. For this to happen, all Texans must be included and respected.

Learn more at https://TexasLGBTQChambers.com 

Additional Media Contacts

Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Tina Cannon, 512-761-5428, tcannon@austinlgbtchamber.com

Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Tammi Wallace, 713-301-2266; tammi.wallace@houstonlgbtchamber.com

North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Waylon Tate, 214-613-0073, waylon@jwaylon.com

San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Melissa Ochoa, 210-504-9429, president@salgbtchamber.org


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