Q: Must one be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) to join The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce?
A: Anyone who supports The ALGBTCC's mission and Code of Ethics is eligible to join. Those who support our mission but are not LGBTQ are considered allied.
Q: Where can I find information about Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce membership benefits?
A: You can find information here.
Q: What if I'm not in business or a professional? Can The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce still offer me anything?
A: ALGBTCC members work in the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors representing business and professional leaders who are self-employed, business owners, CEOs, elected officials, government employees and students and retirees. Membership provides more than business networking and marketing opportunities - ALGBTCC offers visibility, advocacy, connection with the nonprofit community and support for the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders through the ALGBTCC Foundation. ALGBTCC is a thriving and diverse community.
Q: Do I have to be an LGBT Chamber member to attend ALGBTCC programs and events?
A: Everyone is welcome to attend ALGBTCC's programs and events, but only members may advertise in ALGBTCC publications and enjoy the benefit of significantly reduced fees to participate in events.
Q: What makes Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce different than other business chambers?
A: ALGBTCC is as much a community as it is a business chamber. ALGBTCC members are loyal and steadfast in their commitment to a code of ethics that stands for diversity and inclusiveness, providing quality services and products and a commitment to philanthropy and investing in the future through membership. Most of our almost 400 members say they may have joined first for business reasons but remain connected to ALGBTCC because of the sense of community the organization was founded on and is still known for today.
Q: Why do you use LGBTQ, and not LGBT or other common acronyms?
A: Adding the "Q" or queer to the "LGBTQ" is our way of showing our corporate, business, nonprofit members, our community, and our staff that we are an inclusive organization and welcome everyone who supports equality. This gives visibility and recognition to a large portion of our community that is often underserved and underrepresented and reclaims this historically derogatory term as a positive and more expansive way to identify.
Q: What do Transgender and Gender Diverse mean?
A: At the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce we recognize that language is always changing and does not always represent our entire community as a whole. We use the term ‘transgender and gender diverse’ to talk the vast Transfemme, Transmasc, Trans Women, Trans Men, Gender Variant, Transgender, Non-binary, Gender Queer, Two Spirit, Agender, Fa’afafine, Mahu, and other gender identities.
Q: Why is it important to use pronouns?
A: We use pronouns to talk about someone indirectly in a conversation. Words like (he/him/his), (she/her/hers), (them/them/their), (ze/zer/zir), etc. These words are usually in the place of a person’s name. Pronouns are important to ask and share, if comfortable, because it allows people to talk about others in an inclusive and affirming way.