National & Local Chambers Seek Return to Business-Friendly Roots
HOUSTON (July 7, 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 all proposed legislation that discriminates against any Texan.
Along with our partner, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), we call on the Texas Legislature to abandon anti-LGBT legislation and get back to supporting business and growing our economy.
Texas has a long-held reputation as a pro-business state. That commitment to free enterprise is why so many of our member LGBT and ally business owners launched their companies in the Lone Star State. However, today some lawmakers continue to push an anti-LGBT legislative agenda that would harm Texans and our economy. We acknowledge the need for Governor Abbott to call a special session in order to deal with critical issues not addressed during the regular session. We are nonetheless disappointed he chose to include non-essential items on the agenda such as a call to “protects the privacy of our children” which is code for limiting transgender individuals' access to public facilities.
Numerous companies, conferences, sports leagues, and other organizations have stated they will not continue to do business in Texas if such discriminatory measures become law. We applaud these and the many major employers who have spoken out against discriminatory legislation. However, we are equally concerned with the impact this type of legislation could have on other businesses. Small businesses making up more than 98% of all Texas businesses. They are responsible for 45% of the state’s employees. The economic downturn expected to follow passage of discriminatory legislation will very likely impact small businesses, the businesses currently providing the engine to the “Texas Miracle”.
Texas Lawmakers must return the State to its business-friendly roots. They must have the courage to stand up to the vocal minority pressing for discriminatory legislation that will harm our State, its businesses, and its people.”
Chamber Celebrates First Year
HOUSTON (March 6, 2017) – The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its first anniversary and marking significant achievements in its first full year.
The Chamber officially launched on February 24, 2016 and has since grown to include more than 50 members. Chamber Co-Founders Tammi Wallace and Gary Wood said they were pleased with the organization’s accomplishments over the last year, which include:
SB6 - Texas Bathroom Bill
HOUSTON (March 7, 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.
Super Bowl Benefits LGBT Businesses
LGBT-OWNED BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM SUPER BOWL
Minority LGBTBE® certification through Chamber helps local companies win contracts
HOUSTON (February 5, 2017) – As Houston prepares to host the Super Bowl, at least six local LGBT-owned businesses are reaping the rewards of Houston hosting the big game, thanks to a new chamber of commerce and the NFL’s commitment to diversity. The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce launched earlier this year and began a strong collaboration with the Super Bowl Host Committee to ensure that local LGBT business owners were well represented in the NFL’s Business Connect program.
Launch of the Chamber
HOUSTON (February 24, 2016) – A group of local business leaders have launched a new chamber of commerce in Houston aimed at increasing economic opportunity for LGBT-owned area businesses
The chamber was officially launched at an LGBT Business Builders event hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Other partners for the event, which was held at Houston Community College – West Loop, included Affinity Magazine, Houston Community College and OutSmart Magazine.