Weekly Wrap-Up: January 10, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 01/10/20
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Sorry this is later than usual. Lots of things changing as we wrap the week.

We are about to head to the first Metro Nashville LGBTQ Caucus Listening Session event tonight and report to them on what we are working on. I hope to see members there and report back to you next week on what we hear. 

Ending the week with an ACTION ALERT ! We need you to pay attention and take action! The week was busy getting ready for the start of the legislative session, I knew it was going to be the main focus but on Thursday we found out that the adoption bill from last year was going to be up for a vote the first day of session on the Senate floor and not deferred until later like we were hoping. Needless to say, things have been crazy since then. Things are not looking good on having the bill deferred or pulled by the sponsor, therefore  it will be voted on by the Senate on Tuesday and looks to pass. This is going to send a terrible signal at the start of session. We are doing all we can but we need your help. See below on what to do. 

We welcomed a new Platinum Level member this week! It is always great to have a new member and especially one at that level! What makes Camelot Care Centers a great addition at this time is we will work with them on adoption options for same-sex couples in response to the adoption bill. There will still be ways for LGBT people to adopt children and companies like Camelot are here to help. Look for programming we will offer with Camelot soon and welcome them to the Chamber. 

I was honored to have two articles published this week on the work we do. I was recognized as a 40 Under 40 of LGBTQ Leaders nationally by BEQ Magazine, and then the Nashville Business Journal profiled me for their 'Boss' series. Both give a good glimpse of the work I am lucky enough to get to do for you and that I love doing. I hope you will take a look at them below and let me know what you think. 

We celebrated Lauren's 1 year anniversary this week as well. I can not imagine what I would do without her here at the Chamber. It has been an incredible year and she is so valued. Thank you Lauren for all your hard work.  

Take a look at all the awesome connections and member perks we are bringing you this week!

You will get several emails from us next week regarding the start of Session so stay engaged. Let us know if you need more info or want to get more involved. Thanks for your membership and talk soon. 
New and Renewing Members
Please join us in welcoming the following NEW individuals and businesses that joined our Chamber this week:

We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who RENEWED or upgraded their membership this week:

What We Did
We had meetings with the Nashville Children's Theatre and AllianceBernstein and we prepare for an exciting event later this month.
We are so excited for The Secret Soldiers special screening on Friday, January 24th.
This event is going to be amazing. The number of issues that it touches and has the audience address is many. From race to gender identity to women's issues, we will hit on all of them and have an incredible discussion on all of them and how they are as relevant today as they were during the Civil War. Get your tickets now and join us! 
Happy 1 year anniversary to our Membership Manager, Lauren. Thanks for all your hard work over the last year. What a year it has been! 
Congratulations to Joe for being named to  BEQ Pride Magazine 's 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40, class of 2020!

There are a lot of incredible leaders nationally that are highlighted, take a look at them all. Joe is honored to be listed among them.
Check out Joe's Boss Profile in the Nashville Business Journal!

Did you know Joe bought Jeff Bezos a drink and is a huge Taylor Swift fan? Read the article and find out even more about your CEO.

If you don't have a subscription you can also read it here.
Vanderbilt Women's Basketball: Pride Day
Our member, Vanderbilt University ,  announced its first-ever Pride Game for any sport on Sunday, Sunday, January 12th as Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball takes on South Carolina. Grab your tickets today and support this historic day!
Executive Insights: Thasunda Brown Duckett
Please join us for Nashville Area Chamber 's  Executive Insights on  Tuesday, January 14th.  This is an exclusive opportunity to hear from Thasunda Brown Duckett with CHASE Consumer Banking. As a member of the Nashville LGBT Chamber, you can take advantage of partner pricing. Lunch will be served.
Uniting for Equality Legislative Reception
Join us for Uniting for Equality on Wednesday, January 15th , a reception to celebrate the official beginning of the 2nd Session of the 111th General Assembly of the Tennessee House of Representative and Senate. Network with Tennessee's pro-equality legislators and other supporters of the movement.
January Brewing Up Business
Our January Brewing Up Business will be held NEXT WEEK on  Thursday, January 16th  at 5:30 at the  Liberty Party Rental .  Come start 2020 off right and eat, drink, and connect with our community!

?Registration is free for members and first-time guests and $10 for repeat non-member guests.
Intersectionality Around Marginalized Communities -
'Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise'
Please join us for an evening of art, education, and conversation at the Nashville Children's Theatre 's special showing of ' Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise ' sponsored by AllianceBernstein on Friday, January 24th .

A reception will be held at 6 pm and the show will start at 7 pm. Stick around after the show for a Q&A session where we will further tackle the themes of ' Secret Soldiers '. 

While the Civil War rages on outside the walls of the Marine U.S.A. General Hospital, another conflict arises inside. A nurse has discovered that injured Private Lyons Wakeman is actually Sarah Wakeman, a woman! Should the hospital registry be changed to prove that women can fight in battle? Or should it stay intact so Sarah can receive her earned pension and her family avoid shame?
Based on over 250 military accounts of women who fought as Union soldiers, the audience will hear testimony from historical characters like Harriet Tubman and members of the first African American regiment, act as jury, and deliver the verdict on Private Lyons’ fate.

Please note: We ask that all guests register for the reception AND purchase tickets using the 2 links below. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will look at other showings of this performance. Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can use promo code BRGUEST to receive $3 off each ticket purchased for the other showings of 'Secret Soldiers.'
Predators Pride Night 2020
Predators Pride Night 2020 will be held on  Tuesday, February 18th ! Come join the Nashville LGBT Chamber and  Nashville Pride  as the  Nashville Predators  take on the Carolina Hurricanes! Pride Night packages include a game ticket and a limited edition Pride Night t-shirt! Before the game, all Pride Night attendees are welcome to join us at Bridgestone Arena for a mixer with light refreshments.

While your tickets are not guaranteed to be in the Pride Night sections at this time, you can still purchase tickets below and join the fun!
Membership Has Its Perks
An offer from our member TPAC : Join us for The Lantern Tour II on Saturday, January 11 , at 8 PM. This concert's proceeds go to benefit the Women`s Refugee Commission and its work on behalf of migrant and asylum- seeking families. The full lineup features Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Douglas, Steve Earle, and Amy Ray. Please the link below with promo code CHAMBER for $5 off each ticket!
O&AN will produce Nashville's first ever pocket sized LGBTQ business and traveler's directory! Contact Will for a special LGBT Chamber Member discount! Chamber members will have a special marker in the guide to show they are members.

  • Sales deadline is Jan. 15, 2020
  • Distributed as regular Feb. issue throughout the month of Feb.
  • Distributed at select distribution spots all year (Bars, Bookstores, etc.) and at major events and festivals (including the annual pride festival)
  • 15,000 copies printed
  • Pocket Size!
  • Information on LGBTQ Nashville for locals and visitors.
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Lauren Bland
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Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210
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