Weekly Wrap-Up: February 4, 2022



The Weekly

Wrap Up

February 4, 2022

What the Chamber worked on this week and what you need to know.

CEO Brief

We hope you saw our Black History Month email and message on Tuesday. As we said in the post, the Chamber is committed to diverse and inclusive programming every day of the year in our work for equality for all, we know that our work is not complete until the most marginalized within our LGBTQ community have achieved that equality.


This Black History Month and beyond, let us celebrate our progress, let us be inspired by our history, and let us recommit to the work ahead.

The new 2022 membership stickers were dropped in the mail today and you should be receiving them in a matter of days! These stickers go to our business-level members (copper-platinum). As a reminder, individual/networking members do not get a membership sticker or listed in our directory, if you would like those benefits we would love to have you upgrade or join to get them. We are looking forward to these stickers appearing in storefront windows, next to registers, in corporate boardrooms, and on desks very soon. We asked our members to use the #openandequal #proudmember2022 #nashLGBTcc on their social media posts. Follow those and see the stickers appear across Tennessee.

There was a lot of education on the Chamber's work last week and this week. Representatives of the Chamber spoke to the nonprofit community, legislators, business associations, leadership programs, and students. My highlight of the week was speaking to Templeton Academy juniors and seniors about my coming out story, the LGBT movement, and the work we do as the Chamber. The youth were engaged and passionate and it makes me have hope to talk with these future leaders. If you would like the Chamber to educate on our mission and community for your organization let us know, education is key to changing and moving forward.





Yesterday was the bill filing deadline at the General Assembly. We are still going through all the bills that were filed but we know we have more anti-LGBT bills that have been filed this year and still have ones from last year. 


There is a new anti-trans youth healthcare bill filed in addition to the one that was filed last year. There are two new anti-trans athlete bills this year. A pronouns bill has been introduced that would allow teachers to not have to identify students by their preferred pronouns in schools. And then there are several other education curriculum-focused bills that would stop the teaching of LGBT topics in schools.


We will have a full report next week on all the bills we will be tracking. Thank you for staying engaged and updated as these bills are introduced and move forward this year. The business community will again have to speak out on how discriminatory bills harm our economy and make it hard to attract and retain talent. 



The BIG SCORE Ecommerce Training

Now more than ever before, your current and potential customers are searching online for products and services. With an estimated 17 million new businesses starting in 2022 alone, it’s time to make sure that these customers are finding you! Join SCORE Nashville for The BIG SCORE Ecommerce Training event on Thursday, February 17th. Learn more and register here.


Classroom Connect - Grow with Google

Our education series is back for 2022 and this year we will be highlighting curriculum from Grow With Google. In our first installment, Make Your Website Work for You, learners will discover how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports their goals. Our member Tolbert Marketing and Events will facilitate this program on Thursday, February 24th at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.


HRC CEI: Getting to 100

Join fellow ERG leaders on Wednesday, April 13th for a small group session to share tips and walk through the application process for the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. This session aims to help first-time applicants or companies below 100 reach that top score. In this session, ERG leaders across the country will share insights gained, challenges experienced, and top tips for reaching 100. Register now!


We are excited to announce…Supporting Gender Identity and Expression has just been released as an online self-paced interactive program. Longtime LGBT chamber member Diversity Builder, Inc. developed the new program to support workplaces better understand gender identity and expression and build affirming practices.


This class is available to employers, diversity councils, non-profit organizations, and individuals who want to learn more about gender. Discounts are available to all Nashville LGBT Chamber members.


Request a demo of the program or call 615-823-1717. Learn more about this program here.



Upcoming Chamber Events

In celebration of Black History Month, the Nashville LGBT Chamber and Music City Baseball are pleased to bring you a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss on his new book Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke, on Wednesday, February 23rd at 6 pm CT at the Margaritaville Hotel.


Join Bryan Ruby as he interviews Andrew about the book and Glenn Burke. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be signing books after the discussion. A reception will take place during the book signing and after the program. Learn more about the book with this video from Andrew Maraniss and buy the book and read it before the event.


In person attendance will be capped at 60 people so make sure to register now to save your spot!