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Public Policy

The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of its members and the broader LGBTQ+ & Allied Business Community for inclusive policies and legislation at local, state and federal levels.

Public Policy

Legislative Work

Your voice matters!  Part of the Chamber’s role is to advocate on behalf of our members and the LGBTQ-Allied business community at all levels of government.

We are working towards a Texas where every LGBTQ+-owned business has equal access to economic opportunity and prosperity.  It's unacceptable that LGBTQ+ people in Texas live and work in a state where discrimination and marginalization is the norm simply because of who we are and who we love.  This must change.

The Chamber takes an active role to educate elected officials and key stakeholders about those issues that impact our members. How can you help?  Participate in an upcoming advocacy day, contact your elected officials and help the Chamber attract more members to show the strength of the LGBTQ+ & Allied Business Community.  And...vote for pro-LGBTQ+ candidates who support equality for the LGBTQ+ community and will promote equity in policies and representation.

 

Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Collaboration

In 2017, the Chamber started working with LGBTQ chambers across Texas, and, in collaboration with our colleagues,  the inaugural coalition of Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce launched.

The partnership includes the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Learn more about the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce here.

The Chamber worked with the coalition to develop a coordinated legislative agenda among all four chambers and a joint advocacy day.  The inaugural “Day at the Capitol with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers” was held on February 20, 2019.

Advocacy Day

Each year during the legislative session, the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce holds a "Day at the Capitol" to give our members the opportunity connect with legislators and have a voice in the Austin.  The next Day at the Capitol will be held in early 2023.  Check back for more details. Sign-up to get updates on the Chamber's legislative work.

Thank you to our Advocacy Day sponsor, United Airlines, one of our Gold Level corporate partners for your support.

Make sure your voice is heard! Sign-up to stay updated on the Chamber's advocacy work and learn how members can engage through action alerts, outreach to elected officials and other actions through the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce.

Legislative Agenda

The Chamber’s legislative agenda is aligned with the responses from the legislative survey completed by members.  The Chamber has collaborated with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce on a coalition legislative agenda for each legislative session.

88th Legislative Session - Check this page for the release of the legislative agenda.  The 88th Texas Legislative Session will be held January 10, 2023 through May 29, 2023.

87th Legislative Session - Click here to read the full legislative agenda. The 87th Texas Legislative Session was in session from January 12, 2021 through May 31, 2021.

Legislative Affairs Committee

The Legislative Affairs Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending positions on legislation and public policy impacting our business community.  It is through this committee, subject to Board approval, that Chamber advocacy decisions are made.  Learn more about this committee and other Chamber committees here.

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Upcoming Elections: Key Dates & Information

2022 Election Dates

  • Last Day to Register to Vote for General Election: October 11, 2022
  • First Day of Early Voting for General Election: October 24, 2022
  • Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail for General Election: October 28, 2022
  • Last Day of Early Voting for General Election: November 4, 2022
  • General Election: November 8, 2022
  • Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail (in office, not postmarked): November 8, 2022

Voter Resources

Harris County Elections - Sample ballot, polling locations, register to vote and more.

League of Women Voters - Voters Guide

Texas Secretary of State - Voter information, elections

Who Represents Me?  - Find your elected officials