The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of its members and the broader LGBT business community for inclusive policies and legislation at the local, regional and state level.
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. The Chamber takes an active role to educate elected officials and key stakeholders about those issues that impact our members.
In 2018, the Chamber joined the inaugural coalition of Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce to work collaboratively with our sister LGBT chambers across the state. The coalition includes the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Chamber, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce. North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about the Texas LGBT 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. “A Day in the Capitol with the Texas LGBT Chambers” was held on February 20, 2019.
Thank you to those who participated in “A Day in the Capitol with the Texas LGBT Chambers” Advocacy Day on February 20, 2019.
Thank you to our 2019 Advocacy Day sponsors, United Airlines and The Fowler Law Firm!
See the joint press release from the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce about the 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
2019 Election Dates
- City of Houston Runoff - December 14, 2019
2020 Election Dates
- Special Election Runoff Election- January 28, 2020
- Primary Election - March 3, 2020
- Primary Runoff Election - May 26, 2020
- General Election - November 3, 2020
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