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Public Policy

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.

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.  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 LGBT Chambers of Commerce

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

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 LGBT Chambers of Commerce here.

Texas LGBT Chamber

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 LGBT Chambers” was held on February 20, 2019.  Keep an eye out for more details about the 2021 Day at the Capitol with the Texas LGBT Chambers.

Advocacy Day

Thank you to those who participated in “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, one of our Silver Level corporate partners and The Fowler Law Firm.

 

Fowler Law Firm

 

Read 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!

 

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 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

Voter Resources

To register to vote or confirm your registration status visit the following websites:

 

Upcoming Elections: Key Dates & Information

2020 Election Dates

  • Primary Runoff Election - July 14, 2020
  • General Election - November 3, 2020

Voter Resources

Harris County Clerk's Office - Ballot, Polling Locations, etc.

League of Women Voters – Voters Guide

Texas Secretary of State

Who Represents Me?  (Find Your Elected Officials)