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    A Day at the Capitol with the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce

    Advocacy Sponsorship Opportunity


     

    The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce will hold our inaugural and historic “A Day at the Capitol” advocacy day on Wednesday, February 20th.   In 2018, the Chamber launched an official coalition with our sister LGBT chambers as part of the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce (www.TexasLGBTChambers.com).  We are proud to partner with other Texas LGBT chambers on our upcoming advocacy day, where members will have an opportunity to visit with legislators about issues and legislation that are important to the LGBTQ and Allied business community.  

     

    We invite you to consider sponsoring “A Day at the Capitol.”  This is a unique sponsorship opportunity for companies to be recognized across the state with all four LGBT chambers (Austin, Houston, North Texas and San Antonio).  Our coalition intends on having a strong presence in Austin going forward and working collectively on behalf of our 1,000+ members across Texas. Our work together, including the advocacy day, is history in the making.  

     

    This is the first time that the LGBT chambers across the state will come together with a unified voice and the first time that the LGBTQ and Allied business community will have a voice in Austin.  And…we are just getting started on our collaboration activities!  Help us make history in 2019! Please consider sponsoring “A Day in the Capitol with the Texas LGBT Chambers of Commerce.”

     

    Advocacy Day Schedule:

     

    Tuesday, February 19 – Opening Reception, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Location: Texas Association of Business (TAB). Speakers: Pro-Equality Legislator(s), TBD.

     

    Wednesday, February 20 – Training/Breakfast/Lunch & Visits with Legislators, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

        The LGBT Caucus will be attending our luncheon.
        We will be recognized on the House floor for a special proclamation of recognition.


     

    Sponsorship Opportunity:

     

    $1,000 sponsorship opportunity with the following benefits:

    • Logo on all 4 chamber websites (Austin, Houston, North Texas and San Antonio)
    • Logo on TX LGBT Chambers website – www.TexasLGBTChambers.com
    • Logo on all materials
    • Recognition in event email invitations and other emails marketing the event
    • Recognition in press release
    • Recognition at all associated events and pre-advocacy day announcements
    • Recognition on all 4 LGBT chamber social media channels (Austin, Houston, North Texas and San Antonio)
    • Recognition on Facebook Event Photo Album
    • Participation of sponsor employees in advocacy day activities

    Deadline for sponsorship commitment:  February 15, 2019

    Contact Board Chair Chase Kincannon at chair@austinlgbtchamber.com.

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    Austin voters side with Austin LGBT Chamber’s stance on two ballot initiatives

     

    We advocated, and you voted. And we’re thrilled with the results of two measures that appeared on the City of Austin ballot Nov. 6.

     

    Proposition A passed. It will carve out $250 million in bond money to create more affordable housing in Austin — one of the city’s most pressing issues for residents and employers like. We wholeheartedly endorsed Proposition A as a way to make our city a better place to live and do business.

     

    Proposition J failed. It would have set up a waiting-period and voter-approval mechanism for changes in the city’s land-development code. We opposed this ballot initiative, as it would have created an unneeded process that would have thrown too many roadblocks into an already complicated land-development puzzle.

     

    We’re pleased that the voters of Austin ultimately agreed with our positions on both of these ballot measures. And the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce looks forward to further advocacy on behalf of our members to ensure Austin grows, but grows responsibly.

     

  • ADVOCACY 

    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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