• Advocacy Initiatives

  • ALGBTCC advocates for our members, LGBT and allied businesses in Central Texas, and the LGBTQ community in general both locally, statewide and nationally.

    At the federal level, we are an affiliate chamber with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and support the following:

    1. Increasing diversity and inclusion for LGBT owned businesses.
    2. Promote International Trade and broad based economic advancement and empowerment of the global LGBT community.
    3. Implementation of pro-business, LGBT-inclusive policies at all levels of government.
    4. Study and distribution of LGBT Data and our community's impact to the economy.
    5. Develop Workforce and Leadership of LGBT Employees.

     

    On the state level, we formed a coalition with the other LGBT Chambers of Commerce in Texas (North Texas, Houston and San Antonio) and partnered with the Texas Association of Business on many initiatives in order to defeat the discriminatory and anti-business bathroom bill during the 2017 Legislature.  Be on the lookout for further planning and action at the state level in 2019.

    Finally at the local level, we support the adoption of rules and regulations that promote economic growth and equity with relevant public agencies such as City of Austin, Travis County, Capital Metro, and independent school districts. For example, in 2015 we supported and worked on with various community stakeholders on a gender neutral bathroom ordinance for the City of Austin.

    In 2016, we initiated the MECA (Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance) Business Dialogues with each Council Member of the City of Austin so that businesses in each district have the opportunity to meet with their city representative. After the tragic shooting in Orlando, we worked with the Austin Police Department on solutions to ensure the safety of our LGBT businesses and customers.  This led to training for business owners and an update to how the police force patrolled the downtown district with specialization of LGBT business areas.

    Need some LGBT community information training? Experiencing an issue that is impacting your business? Reach out to us as we can speak to your group and may be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.

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