Weekly Wrap-Up: June 14, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 6-14-19

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week and that you need to know about, to get the most out of your membership. Thank you for being a member. 


This has been a busy week and next week is going to be SO much busier. It is the official Nashville PRIDE week! If we ever needed to come out and celebrate PRIDE it is now. 

This has been a rough few weeks with backlash towards PRIDE and the LGBT community everywhere you look, especially here in Tennessee. I am sure you have heard about the DA that won’t protect LGBT citizens from harassment , (please join the call for him to resign) and the Knox County Police detective that has called for the killing of LGBT individuals. We are actively involved in both situations and support our partners at TEP leading charge on both of these. We can see that the struggle is not over and we must stay engaged. 

Below is everything you need to know about Pride week from the Chamber member perspective. Special deals and opportunities for members only, and tons of events that our members should take advantage of and be a part of. We hope to see you at something this week, Happy Pride! 


New and Renewing Members-


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


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


We need your help- PRIDE Volunteers-

We need you! Please consider volunteering 2 hours of your time at the Nashville LGBT Chamber’s booth at the Pride festival! We will be giving away Montucky Pride Snack swag, passing out Pride Scavenger Hunt cards and collecting completed cards, and talking all things Chamber. You can sign up using this link. Please feel free to share this link with your family, friends, and co-workers. All volunteers will receive an LGBT Chamber t-shirt!


This week-

AllianceBernstein’s Pride Cocktails and Conversation-

Our member AllianceBernstein hosted “Cocktails and Conversations” as part of Pride month. We enjoyed great conversation led by Dr. Ellen Armour of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Joseph Clark of the Just Us program at the Oasis Center, and me, representing the LGBT Chamber. We discussed the history of Pride and where the movement is headed, LGBT rights, and how business is fighting for inclusivity and diversity.


Nashville Sounds Pride Night-

What a fun night of baseball and Pride! The Nashville LGBT community and organizations gathered at First Tennessee Ballpark on Wednesday to watch the Sounds take on the Las Vegas Aviators for Sounds Pride Night! So many of members brought their ERGs and it was wonderful to work with the Sounds on showing Pride. 


AARP Rocketman Screening-

We are so proud of the partnership we are creating with our member AARP. With this partnership, we are able to create bridges and work together for diversity and inclusion in all environments and for all ages. We partnered for our members and theirs to attend a special screening of Rocketman for our first event together. 


Next week- 

Pride Week Agenda-

Pride Week is going to be big in Nashville! We have a lot going on and a lot to celebrate. Please take part in every event possible:


Join the Conversation: What's next for LGBTQ+ Nashville-

Our region has gone through unprecedented growth and change over the last few years that have impacted the lives of our community in multiple ways -- both positive and negative. These changes have led us to ask the question, what does our LGBTQ+ community in Middle Tennessee need in order to thrive? Join Nashville Pride for this public conversation where we will exchange views, feelings, and ideas on what is next for LGBTQ+ Nashville. The next event is on Monday, June 17th from 7 pm - 9 pm at Thistle Farms. Registration is free.


Member Exclusive- Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse Pride Month Dinner Club-

Our longtime member Flemming’s Steakhouse is celebrating Pride. Come experience an intimate, exclusive, off menu experience in Fleming’s private room overlooking beautiful Centennial Park on Tuesday, June 18th. This is a dinner only open to members of our local community so we can dine and get to know each other even better. The theme is a high-end spin on "breakfast for dinner" featuring four courses paired with cocktails and wine. Let's celebrate Pride together! 

Please call 615-342-0131 to make a required reservation. 


OFFICIAL PRIDE Kickoff Party & June/PRIDE Brewing Up Business-

Kick off Pride Weekend on Thursday, June 20th, with our monthly Brewing Up Business!

This month as part of the Collaboration in Excellence program we are partnering with the Metro Nashville Business Assistance Office (BAO) and other area diversity chambers including the Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber, and TN Latin American Chamber of Commerce to bring you a huge networking opportunity. Come eat, drink, and connect with us at the beautiful Union Station Hotel Nashville and celebrate PRIDE in this awesome city!

Thank you to our drink sponsor, Dollar General, and our event partners, IABC!

Mark your calendars for this exciting event and register today! Registration is already through the roof, don’t wait and have to stand in line, register now!


Pink and Purple Pride Pre-Party-

The Chamber will have our June PRIDE Brewing Up Business on Thursday leading into PRIDE weekend, and then TEP will have their PRIDE event on Friday. The Pink and Purple Party returns. 

Dress in your most festive pink or purple or both to show your true colors at the second annual Tennessee Equality Project Pink and Purple Pride Pre-Party. The $50 ticket includes an open bar, noshes, music, and entry to the week’s signature pre-party that paints the town pink and purple. Live Music by Carol Plunk and VJ Stretch will be on hand. A special photo booth will be set up so you can take home some memories, and share them on social media!  Kick off your pride weekend with this great event. Purchase tickets here.


Frothy Monkey’s Latte Art Throwndown-

Join our member Frothy Monkey for their Latte Art Throwdown on Friday, June 21st. Sign up starts at 6:30 pm and the first pour is at 7:00 pm. This event is free to attend with a $5 participant buy-in. All proceeds benefit TEP! This is sure to be a fun event!


Nashville Pride Parade and Festival-

Nashville Pride will be producing a full Pride Parade that will take place on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 10 AM on Broadway in downtown Nashville, TN. 

Before the festival begins, we show our PRIDE in the Nashville Pride Parade. Join with thousands to watch and participate along the parade route and help kick off the annual Nashville Pride Festival alongside our many community supporters. Look for your LGBT Chamber in the Parade! Board members will be riding in a big Chevy pickup courtesy of our member Freeland Chevrolet.  

The 2019 Nashville Pride Festival will be held on June 22 and 23 (Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm) at Public Square Park, right in front of City Hall. Come join the Chamber at booth #19 where we will highlight our participating members with a scavenger hunt that you can win prizes from participating. We will also have a photo booth set up with our member Events R Us Photography for you to show your PRIDE on social. 


Dell Post Parade Pride Brunch-

From our corporate member Dell.

Please plan to join us for Brunch after the Pride Parade on 6/22/2019 at 21C Museum Hotel (right next to the festival entrance). All profits from ticket sales and silent auction will benefit Just Us at the Oasis Center. Ticket will include a breakfast buffet and complimentary mimosas. Please visit www.prideparadebrunch.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.


Sunday- UP Rooftop Lounge Drag Brunch-

You will need brunch before the second day of Pride. Sunday go to UP, a rooftop lounge is proud to welcome you to a Pride Weekend Drag Brunch featuring the incredibly talented Nicole Paige Brooks from RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2!  Enjoy the view from Nashville's original hotel rooftop bar with the best unobstructed view of the Nashville skyline! With two available ticket options of seating times (11:30am-12:15 pm) or (1:30pm-2:15 pm), your ticket includes your choice of show times, brunch entrees and 1 drink ticket.  So, what are you waiting for darling? Tickets are available for the first seating and the second seating now but are limited, so be sure to reserve yours today! 


Drink Montucky and Support the Chamber-

Montucky Cold Snack is teaming up with the Nashville LGBT Chamber to give back during the month of June, Pride month! In the spirit of their core values, MCS began producing special edition Pride cans in 2016 that celebrate LGBTQ communities and gave all 8% of profits back to LGBTQ organizations from the sales of these cans. 

MCS selected the Nashville LGBT Chamber as the Nashville organization to benefit from these profits. You can help support the Chamber by grabbing an MCS Pride can at any of these locations! (Check out the beer finder map! It is SO cool!) 

In addition to 8% of Pride can sale profits, 100% of all Montucky Cold Snack swag sale profits from May 15th to June 16th will be donated to the Nashville LGBT Chamber and other organizations that focus on LGBTQ+ causes. 


City Accelerator Release-

Mayor Briley announced that Nashville has been selected to be part of the latest expansion of the Citi Foundation and Living Cities’ City Accelerator Initiative on Inclusive Procurement.

Nashville will receive $50,000 in grant funding in addition to a combination of coaching, technical assistance, and implementation resources in the coming year. The other cities in the finalist cohort include: Boston, Cleveland, El Paso, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and South Bend. You can read more in the Mayor’s press release.


Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic’s 25th Anniversary Gala-

From our member Vanderbilt Health. 

To celebrate its momentous 25th year serving persons living with HIV in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC) will host a gala to honor those affected by HIV, those who have supported the VCCC and its mission, and to reignite HIV awareness among the Nashville community. This gala will feature live performances by celebrated Nashville artists Daphne Willis and Jesse Lee. True to the VCCC’s long history of community partnership, all food, drinks and event sponsorship will be provided by local Nashville businesses. Over 350 guests are expected in the Vanderbilt Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, June 29, 2019, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here.


Whew! I sure hope we got everything. I am sure there is so much more. We will update you on social on anything else. 

Happy PRIDE! 


Joe Woolley



Lauren Bland

Membership Manager


Nashville LGBT Chamber


41 Peabody Street

Nashville, TN 37210

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