Weekly Wrap-Up: April 23, 2021


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Wrap Up

April 23, 2021


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CEO Brief

This week was a bad one for LGBT rights in the state of Tennessee. Next week could be even worse. Three discriminatory bills look to move forward and head to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. Another is already there awaiting his signature and one is already law. Five anti-LGBT bills could pass this year, we already see economic fallout and will see more if all do pass.


Friday I did 9 interviews with local and national press around Oracle signing a national letter opposing anti-LGBT legislation, and how the Tennessee deal could fall apart due to bills passing here. I know the LGBT Chamber has done all we can to stop this legislation and warn of the consequences to it. Many of you are a huge part of that and we thank you. For a further breakdown see the ADVOCATE section.


We sent out notifications and questionnaires to the nominees for the Pride in Business Awards Friday. Thank YOU for nominating a record number of candidates! The Awards will be here before we know it, we need your support, if that is sponsoring, buying a ticket, or volunteering to help pull it off, all are appreciated and needed. 


Thanks to Jake Martino for teaching an incredible Classroom Connect on Thursday on Trans Inclusion. Check out the recording if you missed it and thanks to HCA Healthcare / Tri-Star Health for sponsoring the series. 




Monday the House passed the “Bathroom Bill 2.0” and Wednesday the Senate passed it. It has to go back to the house on Monday as the amendments did not match but this is a procedural vote and nothing is expected to change, it will then head to the Governor. This is the FIRST bathroom bill that has passed ANYWHERE since North Carolina notoriously did in 2016 and faced $3.75 billion dollars in losses.

We are working on a very strategic VETO campaign for this bill and will be bringing you information and action items on that next week. You can STILL SIGN our open letter of Tennessee Businesses Against Discrimination if you have not, we will be using it again. We have had several more corporate and small business signers in the last week.


With our “Bathroom Bill 2.0” and the “Opt-Out of LGBT Teaching Bill” both waiting for the Governor’s signature, the “Bathroom Signage Bill” moving out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday and now moving on to the Senate floor next week, the “Trans Hormone Ban” waiting for a vote in the House next week, AND the “AntiTrans Student-Athlete Bill” already law, we are looking at having 5 anti-LGBT discriminatory laws passed. Five! See a full bill track here.


Thursday Oracle Corporation signed the HRC national letter of businesses against anti-LGBT legislation. This action was huge, as the Tennessee deal is not final and discriminatory actions in Tennessee could derail the whole thing. We made sure that was heard as widely as possible. Our statement to media and anyone that would listen: 

“By signing this letter when they did and joining other businesses in opposing state-based discrimination, Oracle is sending a clear message that businesses do not want discrimination in Tennessee and that discriminatory laws, including those that single out transgender youth, and hurt economic competitiveness. I hope Governor Lee and the TN legislature are listening. Oracle's investment in our state is unprecedented and we must be able to attract them and similar investments in the future. 

The businesses that want to invest in Tennessee are the same businesses that oppose laws that cause devastating harm to transgender people. The Governor and legislature should be rolling out the welcome mat to businesses like Oracle, not making it more difficult for them to invest in the state.” -Joe Woolley, CEO


Media Coverage: 







Did you hear the news? Our member Dell Technologies will present the 2021 Pride in Business Awards!


After having to cancel the awards in 2020 due to COVID-19, we are ready to celebrate. Get connected to our signature event now!




Join your Managership Manager, Lauren, on Monday, April 26th at 9 am. Learn about what membership can do for you and how to utilize our growing list of benefits. This is a great learning opportunity for new, veteran, and future members. Register here.




We will start another month of valuable programming on Thursday, May 6th with AM Brewing Up Business. Make sure you are connected to all of our networking and education opportunities by registering now.




Thank you to Jake Martino for leading an incredibly informative and impactful Classroom Connect this week. Attendees left educated & empowered to create welcoming & affirming environments for transgender employees and customers.

Did you miss the livestream? Check it out here.



Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that JOINED our Chamber this week:

We are so proud of the continued participation from the following businesses who RENEWED or upgraded their membership this week. Please support these businesses!



Did you know that members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber receive a discount on Pride in Business Awards tickets? Log into your Member Portal to make sure your membership invoice is paid and join us on June 4th for the Awards!


Reach out to Lauren if you have any questions!


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