July 31, 2023 | Volume 68

In This Issue

  • The Alliance Houston '23 Conference
  • Advertise in Fall Issue of Business Intersections
  • Serving on City of Houston Boards or Commissions
  • Pay It Forward Fund
  • Arts + Business Member Highlight
  • Member LinkedIn Group
  • Member Highlights
  • New Member Benefit
  • Chamber Directory Listing
  • LAMBDA NextGen
  • OUT & About
  • Featured Member
  • TGX Scholarship Opportunity
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Recent Chamber Events
  • Engage with the Chamber
  • Upcoming Events
  • New & Renewing Members and Corporate Partners

Upcoming Events

August 4 - First Friday Meet & Eat at Momma's at Sengelmann

August 10 - 3rd Thursday Breakfast Community & ConnXions (please note date change due to NGLCC Conference)

August 24 - Employee Retention Credit Power Hour and Happy Hour with alliantgroup

August 31 - Drag Bingo at Eureka Heights

Visit the event calendar for more events and information.

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Dear Houston LGBT,

Check out this latest issue of the Chamber Connection, which is packed full of great information, photos from recent events, details on upcoming events and more.


Speaking of upcoming events….it’s downright hot these days. So join us to cool off at some great “indoor” events coming up! We have some amazing events on tap for August and we are working on more for the rest of the year, plus starting our planning for 2024.  


We also highlight some amazing members in this issue to share some remarkable milestones and news.  


Plus, we are excited to announce a new member benefit! Check out the details on the newest member benefit from Chamber Gold Level Corporate Partner, HP, in this issue.


So much great info in this issue of the Chamber Connection. Check it out!

With Pride,

Tammi Wallace (she/her/hers)

Co-Founder and President & CEO

Whether a small business, large company or professional or young professional - you are welcome at the Chamber!

Select your membership type below to get started!

Business Level Membership (99 employees or less)
Corporate Partnership (100 employees or more)
Individual / Professional Membership
Lambda NextGen (Young Professionals)

The Chamber is excited to welcome the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance to Houston! We are proud to be a local partner with The Alliance on their annual convention which will be held in Houston on September 26-28 at the Marriott Marquis. 

The Alliance will bring an all-star lineup of industry experts and community representatives.

Vendor? Exhibitor? Or, just have some cool stuff to share?

There are limited expo vendor registrations available for the 2023 Expo. Visit https://realestatealliance.org/annual-convention/ to learn more about the conference.

Learn More
Register Now

Chamber Members are invited to join The Alliance for the Welcome Reception. We want attendees to know that our city is open for business. Chamber Members are invited to attend the Welcome Reception for an exclusive member rate.

The Chamber signed an MOU with The Alliance earlier this year to partner on this extraordinary event coming to Houston. Read more here.

Let's welcome attendees and show them some HTown love where Y'all Means All!

Register Now

Advertise in the Fall 2023 issue of

Business Intersections

Reserve Your Ad Now

Talk about a win-win! Advertising in the Chamber magazine is a great way to bring visibility for your business and support the Chamber! 🙌 

Members can take advantage of advertising space (with member-only rates) in each edition of the magazine.

The quarterly magazine is promoted on the Chamber's website, through social media, newsletters and more. Business Intersections

creates 45,000 impressions for each edition of the magazine. Plus, it is regularly promoted via email signature lines for the Chamber Team!

Deadline to advertise is August 9 so reserve your ad in the Fall 2023 Edition now!

Are You Interested in Serving on a City of Houston Board or Commission?

Learn more about the upcoming City of Houston Boards & Commissions Fair.


Support Diverse & LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses

Make a donation to the Pay It Forward Fund to underwrite an annual membership for businesses in the community. The Pay It Forward Fund places a priority on minority, trans and women-owned businesses. These are diverse-owned businesses who do not have the financial means to join the Chamber but can greatly benefit from programming, including learning opportunities to grow their business, and networking, to support their businesses. 

Over the years, through the Fund, the Chamber has been able to support many diverse owned businesses including helping get businesses LGBTBE® Certified. These businesses have been able to connect with the Chamber and received valuable training and networking to help their businesses grow and thrive.

At the Chamber, we believe that this is what community is all about!

Learn More about the Pay It Forward Fund
Donate to the Pay It Forward Fund

Arts + Business Member Highlight

Through the Chamber’s Arts + Business Initiative, we are committed to collaboration and exchange with arts and culture organizations to highlight the intersection of Arts + Business between the creative and LGBTQ+ and Allied Business Community. We partner with Chamber members in the arts and culture industry to bring awareness of their important work and contributions to the greater Houston region.

We are proud to highlight Arts + Business Chamber Member, STAGES.

Stages’ acute focus on the growth of artists creates a theater that leads in the advancement of artists and practitioners, fostering the development of emerging talent and new work. Stages’ home, The Gordy, is a dynamic inclusive gathering place that expands creative expression and fuels human connection. Their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion is experienced throughout the campus, creating a home for all Houstonians to build community through the arts.


Learn more about STAGES at stageshouston.com.

Are you part of the Member LinkedIn Group?

There is now a new Member LinkedIn Group! Members can access the group to regularly post about their member business or organization. Members can request to join the group here.

The Member Facebook Group is still active! If you haven’t joined the Member Facebook Group, you can request access here.

We want to hear from our members!  Use the groups to share the latest about your member business or organization.

The Chamber Team will be processing Member LinkedIn Group requests as quickly as possible. We expect a large number of requests so we appreciate your patience. As a reminder, you must be a member to access the Member Facebook or LinkedIn Groups and listed on the member account.

Member Highlights

Congratulations to Chamber Member, Low Tide, for their recognition as a winner of the Best New Restaurant for the Houston Chronicle 2023 Best of the Best. Way to go!

Susanne Brady-Lusk, Vice President and Market Unit General Manager, with Chamber Platinum Corporate Partner, Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB), on throwing out the first pitch at the Houston Astros Pride Night on June 20th. CCSWB was a sponsor for Pride Night and also collaborated with the Chamber as part of our longtime partnership.

Are we surprised?!?!? Nope!  Chamber Gold Level Corporate Partner, H-E-B, was ranked number 1 of the top 10 grocery stores in the country. Read more here.

Chamber Strategic Partner, HCC, announced the appointment of Margaret Ford Fisher, Ed.D., as the college’s interim chancellor. 

Congratulations Dr. Ford Fisher! 

High five to Travis Torrence, with Chamber Silver Level Corporate Partner Shell USA. He was recently elected to serve as President of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Foundation

Chamber International Partner, Consul General of Mexico in Houston, announced the appointment of a new Consul General María Elena Orantes

Consul General Orantes assumed the new post on June 14th. 

Kudos to JD Doyle, with Chamber Nonprofit Member, JD Doyle Archives, on the release of his new book, 1981- My Gay American Road Trip. Check out the book here.

Huge shout out to Riaz Pooran, with Chamber Member, PrimeLending, who was recently recognized as a Houston Business Journal 40 under 40 Honoree. He is the Chapter President for the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. 

Congratulations to Jeffrey Campbell, CEO, with Chamber Member, Allies in Hope, who threw out the first pitch at the Houston Astros Pride Night in June for his recognition on being named the Male identifying Grand Marshal for the Pride Parade. 

During Pride Night, the Houston Astros Foundation presented Chamber Leadership with a check renewing their partnership with the Chamber as a Silver Level Corporate Partner. The Chamber is proud to partner with the Houston Astros and Space Cowboys on their Pride Nights! 

Congratulations to Dean Gladden, Managing Director with Arts + Business Chamber Member, The Alley Theatre! Dean was recently recognized as a Houston Business Journal 2023 Most Admired CEO Awards Honoree.  

Do you have some good news to share? From time to time, the Chamber highlights significant accomplishments, big milestones and other good news about our Members and Corporate Partners. Please submit news about your member business here.

New Member Benefit!

HP Inc. has teamed up with Greater Houston LGBT Chamber to offer members the benefit of purchasing high-quality HP Inc. products at discounted prices. HP.com offers a broad line of consumer and commercial products, from notebooks and desktops to printers, accessories and more! 


  • Discounts up to 40% off 
  • FREE shipping and easy returns 
  • Expert sales agents to assist with your purchase via phone, chat and email support 
  • Dedicated support for premium products; Includes in house-call & accidental damage protection 

Login to the Member Info Hub for instructions on how to create an account.

New Corporate Partners

More than fifty years ago, Sysco founded the foodservice industry as we know it today. Since then, we have led with integrity, inclusion and responsibility, all the while innovating the way forward. But we have always aimed to be more than just a foodservice company. Sysco plays a vital role in the world beyond delivering success for our customers and industry and providing a great place to work for our associates. We connect people and places around the globe. Learn more at www.sysco.com

PNC offers a wide range of services for all our customers, from individuals and small businesses, to corporations and government entities. No matter how simple or complicated your needs, we're sure to have the products, knowledge and resources necessary for financial success.  

At PNC, strong values are fundamental to the success of our company. We are continuously finding new ways - through our products, services and community efforts - to prioritize our customers, communities and shareholders. Learn more at www.pnc.com.

Reminder! Update Your Chamber Directory Listing

We encourage members to review and update your membership information on the Chamber Directory.

If you haven't updated your membership information lately in the Chamber Directoryplease log into the Info Hub and make any changes. 


The public accesses the Chamber Directory looking for LGBTQ-supportive businesses so make sure your listing is up-to-date.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber Office at 832-510-3002 or


Chamber Directory


Supporting Young LGBTQ+ Professionals

LAMBDA NextGen is Houston's first young professionals networking group, ages 21-35, focused on bringing LGBTQ+ professionals together to build a strong connection in an ever-changing community.

When LAMBDA NextGen officially became a program of the Chamber, it opened up even more opportunities to continue building on the important work of helping LGBTQ+ Young Professionals in the greater Houston region thrive and succeed.

Join us for our next happy hour networking event on Wednesday, September 6 at Pearl Bar!

Register Now
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Chamber leaders joined SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman and Regional and Houston District SBA leadership for a visit with Chamber Member, Pearl Bar. Administrator Guzman talked with owner, Julie Mabry, about the challenges she has been facing due to anti-LGBTQ+ legislation including the drag bill.

Lawrence v. Texas Proclamation recognizing the 20th Anniversary – Council Member Abbie Kamin presented Mitchell Katine with Chamber Member, Katine Nechman McLaurin LLP, a proclamation recognizing the 20th anniversary of the monumental case 20 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Sylvester Turner, officially named June 26, 2023 as Lawrence V. Texas Day in the City of Houston. Mitchell served as local counsel in the Lawrence case, in which the Supreme Court overruled the case of Bowers v. Hardwick and overturned all sodomy statutes in the country. The Chamber helped facilitate the proclamation with Council Member Kamin’s office and Chamber Leaders participated in the ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

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Jack Berger, Director of Programming & Events, for the Chamber, joined Hearst/Houston Chronicle for the Hearst RISE Supplier Diversity Event.

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Chamber Leadership and Members participated in the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference.

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And so much more... Check out all of the photo albums from recent events on the Chamber's Facebook page.

President's Circle Featured Member

From time to time, the Chamber features our President’s Circle members who have made a significant investment in the Chamber. This month, we are highlighting Presidents Circle member, AF Custom Shirts.

AF Custom Shirts is a Houston-based, family-owned garment printing shop.

We use premium, ring-spun cotton shirts from American brands like Bella+Canvas or Next Level. We use a direct-to-garment printer (Epson F2100) with eco-friendly, manufacturer-certified inks and pretreat solutions.

All artwork has been created either in-house by our creative team, or by commission via local Houston artists.

Thank you to AF Custom Shirts for your support of the Chamber and the LGBTQ+ & Allied Business Community!

Learn More About AF Custom Shirts

TGX Scholarship Opportunity

Are you a Transgender or Gender Expansive (TGX) business owner?

TGX business owners can apply for a scholarship to have their local membership dues sponsored and get LGBTBE certified. The scholarship is open to any TGX business owner who is not currently certified or a member of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you Chamber Corporate Partner, Wells Fargo, for the generous support for the scholarship program. The program is a collaboration of the NGLCC and Wells Fargo.

Scholarship Application

2023 Sponsorship Opportunities Flipbook

Did you know the Chamber has a variety of sponsorship opportunities throughout the year including events, programming and more?


Check out the 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities Guide here.

View the Guide

Check out the Photos from Recent Chamber Events

June 29, 2023 - Drag Bingo at Eureka Heights Brew Co.

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June 29, 2023 - Sugar Land Space Cowboys Pride Night Game

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July 7, 2023 - First Friday Meet & Eat at Low Tide Kitchen & Bar

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July 20, 2023 - 3rd Thursday Breakfast - Community & ConnXions at Harold's

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Register for Upcoming Events!

There’s plenty of upcoming opportunities to engage with the Chamber and make some great connections!

The Chamber events calendar is regularly updated so check back often and keep an eye out for event announcements.

Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community! The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce offers numerous sponsorship and marketing opportunities throughout the year. This Sponsorship Guide outlines the various opportunities to increase your brand visibility with Chamber members and the LGBTQ+ community.

Click here to learn more and become a sponsor. Use this form to inquire about 2023 Sponsorship Opportunities!

For in-person events, please review the Chamber’s Health & Safety Policy and COVID Waiver.

Renewing Corporate Partners

Thank you to Corporate Partner United for their additional support of the Chamber! United is our inaugural Titanium level member.

Happy Chamberversary!

Thank you to the following members for their continued support of the Chamber!  

Business Connect

eXp Realty | Ilich Ramirez

Welcome New Members!

We are thrilled to welcome our newest members to the Chamber!

Business Plus

Business Connect

The Chamber is growing! It’s a great time to be part of our growing and thriving Chamber community. Join today!

Stay up to date on the latest happenings - follow the Chamber on social media!

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Linkedin  Youtube  

Also, check out the Facebook and LinkedIn Member Groups where member can post information about their organizations. Are you a new Chamber Member? Post up an intro video and let us know about you and your member organization!

Make sure your business is included in the online Chamber Directory where the community finds LGBTQ+ supportive businesses. Show your support and get more visibility for your business in the LGBTQ+ community!

Don’t own a business? Join and take advantage of great networking through the Professionals Membership!

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