Held during Pride Month, the Pride In Business event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the important role of LGBTQ+ and Allied businesses in the Greater Houston economy. The event underscores how the LGBTQ+ & Allied business community works with the broader business community and public officials to realize a better Houston.
The Pride In Business Celebration is the only event in Houston focused on the LGBTQ+ business community during Pride Month. Reserve your Pride In Business Sponsorship or purchase your ticket today!
Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities
Mike Freer was appointed Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities in September 2021. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament for Finchley and Golders Green in May 2010. Mike was Assistant Government Whip between June 2017 and July 2018. He was also Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from July 2018 to December 2019 and served as Comptroller of HM Household from December 2019 to September 2021.
- export promotion across all sectors
- UK Export Finance (UKEF)
- the Trade Envoy programme
- world events, including Expo 2020 Dubai
- delivering an Export Strategy to boost exports across the UK
- supporting small and medium sized businesses to export
- trade missions and trade shows
- the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) contribution to the GREAT campaign
- investment policy in the House of Commons
- Equality for LGBT people in the UK (at home, work, health and wellbeing)
- Banning conversion therapy in England and Wales
- LGBT equality in the workplace
- LGBT safety (including homelessness and domestic violence)
Senior Advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons
Reggie currently serves in the Biden-Harris Administration as Senior Advisor to Jessica Stern, the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons. He previously served as White House Director of Priority Placement and Senior Advisor on LGBTQ+ Engagement for President Joe Biden as well as LGBTQ+ Engagement Director for the Biden-Harris Campaign. After several years working in engagement-related roles, Reggie joined the Biden-Harris campaign after serving as Constituent Engagement Director at LGBTQ Victory Institute where he supported LGBTQ+ elected and appointed leaders around the country.
Prior to joining Victory Institute, Reggie served as Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the United States Department of Transportation where he developed strategies for effective communication and engagement with thousands of transportation stakeholders across every mode on key White House and Departmental priorities. Appointed by President Barack Obama and Secretary Anthony Foxx in May 2014, Reggie served as the Department’s liaison to the White House Business Council, engaging business leaders across the country on a wide range of transportation-related initiatives, programs, and issues. Reggie began his tenure at the Department as a special assistant to Secretary Foxx. And, in 2016, Reggie was appointed to serve on Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee.
In 2009, Reggie received his Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Georgetown University, having concentrated his studies in education and social policy. Reggie is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas.
The Chamber is honored to welcome Minister Mike Freer, Minister for Exports and Equalities, Consul General Richard Hyde, and the UK LGBTQ+ Tech Trade Mission Delegation as our special guests for the Pride In Business Celebration.
UK LGBTQ+ Tech Trade Mission
The Chamber is excited to announce Melanie Lawson (she/her), Anchor with ABC13 Houston, as our Emcee for the Pride In Business Celebration & Awards. She joins us again this year to serve as Emcee for the celebration and in-person!
She is a native Houstonian and award-winning journalist. Journalism has always been in her blood. Melanie is the anchor of Live at 5 and ABC13's midday show, Eyewitness News at 11 a.m.
She has had a varied and exhilarating career at ABC13, covering virtually every city, state and national election. She's also reported on stories as wide-ranging as Houston's first Black and female mayors to natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey and the deadly Texas ice storm, to the global careers of superstar performer Beyonce and Destiny's Child.
Melanie has traveled to Cuba, Panama, Australia, Sudan and South Africa, among other national and international locations. She's won numerous awards for her reporting, including three Emmys, and she is well-known for her in-depth interviews with a wide range of notables, including three U.S. presidents, Vice President Kamala Harris, prima ballerinas Lauren Anderson and Misty Copeland, the Dalai Lama, legendary journalists Barbara Walters, Robin Roberts and Ann Curry, the late poet Maya Angelou, gospel superstar Yolanda Adams, former heavyweight champion boxer George Foreman, film directors Tyler Perry and Spike Lee, evangelists Joel and Victoria Osteen, and actors Betty White and Denzel Washington.
But Melanie's favorite stories are those about Houston's rich, multi-ethnic community - especially stories about children and those quietly working to make a difference in their lives.
Read more about Melanie here.
Pride in Business Awards
The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce Pride In Business Awards recognizes the contributions made by Chamber members, Corporate Partners and other key stakeholders in building a more diverse and inclusive business community in Houston and the region. The awards spotlight deserving companies and individuals and showcase the amazing work they are doing to support the LGBTQ+ community.
2021 marked the launch of the Pride In Business Awards which include:
Pride in Business is a great opportunity to promote your company during Pride Month!
- Presenting Sponsor - $25,000 (exclusive)
- VIP Reception Presenting Sponsor - $20,000 (exclusive)
- Diamond Sponsor - $15,000
- Emerald Sponsor - $10,000
- Ruby Sponsor - $5,000
- Sapphire Sponsor - $3,500
- Topaz Sponsor - $2,500
- Pearl Sponsor - $1,000
Download the Pride In Business sponsor packet to learn more about sponsor benefits.
Complete the Pride In Business sponsor form to reserve your sponsorship today.