The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of its members and the broader LGBT & 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
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. “Day at the Capitol with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers” was held on February 20, 2019. Keep an eye out for more details about the 2021 Day at the Capitol with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers.
The Chamber held its first “Day at the Capitol with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers” Advocacy Day on February 20, 2019.
Thank you to our 2021 Advocacy Day sponsor, United Airlines, one of our Silver Level corporate partners.
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
Make sure your voice is heard! The Texas Legislature will meet again in 2021. Keep an eye out for information about our 2021 Advocacy Day and how you can get involved!
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 will be in session starting on January 12. 2021 and 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)
Upcoming Elections: Key Dates & Information
2020 Election Dates
- Deadline to Register to Vote - October 5, 2020
- Early Voting - October 13 - 30, 2020
- General Election - November 3, 2020
Harris County Clerk's Office - Sample Ballot, Polling Locations, etc.
Who Represents Me? (Find Your Elected Officials)