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.
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. And, it's unacceptable that we live and work in a state where LGBTQ people can be legally fired, denied housing or other services 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 us attract more members to show the strength of the LGBTQ & Allied Business Community. And...vote for pro-LGBTQ candidates who support equality.
Partnership with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce
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.
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.
2021 Advocacy Day
Due to the pandemic, the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce will not hold an onsite Advocacy Day at the Capitol in 2021.
Thank you to our 2021 Advocacy Day sponsor, United Airlines, one of our Gold Level corporate partners.
Make sure your voice is heard! The Texas Legislature is now in session. Keep an eye out for information about how you can engage through action alerts, outreach to elected officials and other actions through the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce.
Read the joint press release from the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce about the 2019 Advocacy Day.
Press Release - Chambers Ban Together to Support Non-Discrimination
2021 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 LGBT Chambers of Commerce on a coalition legislative agenda for the 86th Legislative Session. Click here to read the full legislative agenda.
The 87th Texas Legislative Session is now in session starting as of January 12. 2021 and will end on 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.
In the News
OutSmart Magazine: New LGBTQ Coalition Seeks to Hold Politicians Accountable (June 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)