Weekly Wrap-Up: June 12, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 06/12/20

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CEO Brief - 
Today is the 4th anniversary of the PULSE nightclub massacre. I know many will ever forget where we were when we woke up to hear about 49 of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters being slain because of hatred.  Our thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones during that tragic day and the 53 people who were wounded. There is a new campaign where you can  Honor them with action .

It was a galvanizing moment for many, and it reaffirmed our commitment to the fight for justice and against hate. That Pride celebration was very different that year, we grieved while we celebrated. 
We find ourselves in another Pride month where things are not normal, where we are grieving and celebrating in a different way. We are physically apart from one another, locked in our homes, fighting a deadly virus, a virus that has a bigger impact on all marginalized communities. If that and the many things that come from the shutdown were not hard enough, we are also grappling with another virus, a virus that we have let rage for far too long. That virus is racism and systematic injustice that Black people face.

We continued to have the conversation that virus this week while we also talked about the Pride and the events that are happening with it.

We have been in touch with you a lot, I think you had an email from us every day. From our Member Connect info, the  announcement of Pride in Local Music, the Pride Month details, to the very important COVID-19 recovery information, you had a lot of info coming your way. Add that to all the other emails and news you receive, it is overwhelming. Here is the Weekly Wrap Up of everything you should know from us.

Coronavirus Response

We sent an email and news release yesterday about:

  • Phase 3 of Reopening Delayed - We are still in Phase 2.
  • Good to Go Program - Please sign up.
  • Paycheck Protection Program - Still confusion and new updates.
  • Tennessee Business Relief Program - IMPORTANT info you should know about if you own a business.

Find out more and read it again.

The COVID-19 situation changes hour by hour. We are continuing to post updates and connections to resources on our social media. Please follow us there for new and immediate information updates.

During these uncertain times, the Nashville LGBT Chamber stands by you. We know that running a business right now is difficult no matter its size, from gig-workers to small businesses to our corporations, we are all in this together and we are there for you.
Every day, we are  advocating  for our members and working to  educate  and  connect  you to resources, information, and relief. 
As Nashville continues to slowly and safely  reopen , we want to highlight our members who are doing  business ! Make sure to check out the  Reopening Business Members blog  on our website. We are also scheduling social posts to highlights these members. 

If you haven't already, make sure to  fill out the survey  so we can share your information! 
Online Learning Resources
We are collecting upcoming webinars, town halls, calls, and more on our Upcoming Learning Opportunities  page. This is a great resource for anyone navigating the small business loan process, working from home for the first time, or just wanting to connect with the community.

In addition to upcoming learning opportunities, we are adding recordings and follow-up resources from previous webinars. Check these resources frequently for the latest information.

Follow-Up from This Week's Webinars

Legislative Update

Some anti-LGBT bills moved in the House again this week. No bills moved in the Senate. We still think the Senate will stay focused on the budget and COVID-19 response only. We hope to see the budget come next way and adjournment shortly after. We will breath easy when they gavel this session closed. We will keep you updated.

New and Renewing Members

Please join us in welcoming the following NEW businesses and individuals that joined our Chamber this week:

We are proud of the continued participation from the following members who RENEWED their membership this week:

  • Networking: Nathan Turley, Realtor

What We Did

We held our June Member Connect on Thursday and had an amazing program that we have heard back from so many attendees on how important and great the conversation was.

Thank you to our speakers: Ashlee Davis of AllianceBernstein, Joelle Upton of STF Events & Catering, and Greg Cason of Inspired Concepts & Events. We had a valuable conversations about sexuality and race intersectionality. If you weren't able to join us, make sure you watch the recording and use the links below to learn more about our speakers.


We hope you saw Lauren's  email yesterday about PRIDE month events  and initiatives. Here are some things you need to know.

We are excited and proud to announce our newest member  NashvilleTN Store ! For Pride Month they are selling "I Believe In Nashville" pride shirts. 25% of proceeds of the shirt will go to the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation.

In celebration of #PrideAtHome and in partnership with  Batch, the Nashville LGBT Chamber, Nashville Pride, and the   Nashville Scenepresents our special edition PRIDE BOX. By purchasing one of our three boxes specially created to celebrate Pride, you’ll be supporting local makers and LGBT chamber members with 10% of proceeds benefiting Nashville Pride!

The Austin and Nashville LGBT Chambers of Commerce are joining forces to bring you “Pride in Local Music” presented by Dell Technologies, a one-night-only livestream event celebrating music on Friday, June 26th at 6:00 PM CST at PrideInLocalMusic.org.

Daydream is back at  Diskin Cider ! This prickly pear rosé cider is perfect for celebrating Pride month! A portion of the proceeds earned from Daydream sales will go to the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation. Grab yours before they sell out!

PM Brewing Up Business is our signature happy hour networking event. Come connect with chamber and community members in small virtual groups on  Thursday, June 18th at 5:30 pm . This event will be special for PRIDE.  We will have some special surprise guests, announcements, and giveaways. We also would love for everyone to wear and display as much rainbow as they can in your Zoom square, prizes will be given! 

This program highlights a new, unique topic to educate the LGBT business community. We will engage with other organizations to keep you informed and connected to opportunities. Announcements of topic and speakers are forthcoming. Join us on  Thursday, June 25th at 2 pm.

Celebrate Pride with PRIDE@HOME all month long! Each week  Nashville PRIDE  will feature live streams of ongoing programming including Sing Me A Song, Nashville Pride Live and a new IGTV series Absolut-ely Fabulous Cocktails. 
  You can also shop online and support local Pride vendors through the  online marketplace . Look for our Chamber member stickers to support our members! 

Nashville/Davidson County voters can fill out the absentee ballot/vote by mail request form. The form has been updated with "COVID-19" as a legal reason for voting Absentee.
Voting is the most effective way to make change in our community.

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