Weekly Wrap-Up: June 19, 2020


The Weekly Wrap-Up 06/19/20

Legislative Wrap-Up 2020 Session

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CEO Brief - 
We are brinign you two wrap-ups in one. What we did this week that you should know and the end of legislative session report. 

What an incredibly historic, powerful, long week full of so much news, events, and information. Please take your time and look through everything, we hope you will find it valuable. 
 
The week started off Monday with  news from the Supreme Court . I will say it was unexpected but wonderful. I and many others thought it would go the other way. I was moved to tears several times that day as I talked to the media about what this meant. 
 
Friday we celebrated Juneteenth. We hope you will take the time to educate yourself on this holiday and continue our discussion and focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity. More info on this below. 
So many other things took place this week. There was a ton of Pride news and events, and there is more coming. We really enjoyed our Brewing Up Business Thursday night. We can’t wait to share details with you Monday on the Pride in Local Music artist lineup. There is lots of Pride events and promotions happening, we hope you enjoy them all. 
 
The most important thing I would like you to read in this Weekly is the Legislative Report. The General Assembly wrapped up session early this morning and we want to let you know where things stand. We also want to tell you about Ashanti Posi and what happened to her and honor her. 
 
There is a Black Trans Life Matters rally on Saturday. The LGBTQ+ community and many of our members are organizing this. They will gather in support of all Black trans and gender-nonconforming people, to tell Tennessee that Black Trans Lives Matter. Join them for an evening vigil at 7:30 P.M. at PUBLIC SQUARE PARK. Please wear a mask and continue to follow social distancing rules. 
 
We move to another phase of reopening on Monday, I am worried about these numbers and I know many of you are. Please do your part to slow the spread, wear your mask.

Legislative Update

Early Friday morning the legislature adjourned  sine die  officially ending the 111th General Assembly. With the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter protests and a locked-down Capitol due to COVID-19, this was a session like no other. Several major issues prolonged the session until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning. The House and Senate eventually agreed to a compromise budget which is severely scaled back due to the impact of COVID-19. We are pleased to report that legislation harming trans-youth's ability to access healthcare and participate in sports did not return to the conversation in the final days and effectively died with the adjournment. That means that the only anti-LGBT, discriminatory, and harmful bill that passed this session is the very first bill that passed in January--the anti-LGBT adoption legislation that gives adoption or foster care agencies the right to deny services to LGBT people. Certainly, that is a painful loss but it is a win that we stopped so many other bad bills. 

We want to take this moment to THANK everyone that helped us in this endeavor. You, our members, spoke out contacting legislators,  signing on to open letters , and using your business and voice to say we need to  keep Tennessee OPEN and EQUAL . Our Equality Coalition partners that we worked arm in arm with every week; the  Tennessee Equality Project  and their Executive Director Chris Sanders and their lobbyist Jenny Ford, the   ACLU of Tennessee PFLAG Nashville GLSEN Tennessee , and our national partners the  Human Rights Campaign  and  Freedom for All Americans . We also thank  Visit Music City - Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp . and everyone involved with the  Tennessee Thrives  coalition for their tireless efforts. 

In other business-related legislation, a bill that would have  provided some liability protections to entities from COVID-19 related lawsuits  if the business was following CDC, local or state health guidelines, died in the wee hours of the night after a disagreement over whether the law should retroactively go back to March. Our Chamber and our other business, healthcare, education, nonprofit, and professional association partners were supportive of this effort. There are reports today that the  Governor may call a Special Session  to consider this and a few other major healthcare-related items. We will keep you updated and be vigilant on what legislation might appear with a Special Session. 
We can not let this report end without mentioning the uncalled for treatment that Ashanti Harris-Posey and her family were put through by the state House of Representatives. Ashanti Posey, say her name, Ashanti Posey, was a young 17-year-old member of the Nashville LGBTQ family whose life was lost too early. She was an African American leader and advocate for PFLAG in her high school, a basketball star, a future WKU player and a hard worker with two jobs. She, unfortunately, was killed in April and her murderers have not yet been found. Senator Jeff Yarbro of Nashville unanimously passed a Senate Joint Resolution to honor and memorialize her too-short life in an effort to bring some comfort to her family. When the House took up the resolution and after some  commentary from Republican Leader William Lamberth , the House failed to pass the resolution with only 45 members voting yes (any measure needs 50 to pass).  You have heard about the eruption that followed , but the hurt was deep to her family. Thankfully days later, the Senate with the full support of their Republican leadership passed another resolution to memorialize Ashanti's life. We join with the State Senate and those 45 House members who honor her life and say her name proudly.  You can read the resolution here
 
Until the start of the next Legislative Session in January 2021 we will regroup and start planning and working. We stand ready to advocate for our members and the community. 

Coronavirus Response
Mayor Cooper announced on Thursday that  Nashville will move to Phase 3 of reopening  on  Monday, June 22nd . This allows Metro Parks and Facilities, Schools, Educational Facilities, and Summer Camps to open. Restaurants may continue to offer dine-in service at ¾ capacity. Bars may open at ½ capacity.  Here is information for all Phase 3 Conditions
To help you reopen responsibly and safely make sure your business signs up for the Good to Go program and displays your sticker. We can’t stress this program enough. Check out details about this program below.

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.

Next Week's Webinars

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:


What We Did

Thank you to everyone who joined our PM Brewing Up Business Pride networking event yesterday. We made connections, celebrated Pride month with lots of rainbows, and had some fun!

Here are some follow-up items if you weren't able to join us:


We celebrate and honor Juneteenth. Read more about the history of this day.
Our member and partner the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp released a list of Juneteenth events. Take some time today and this weekend to attend one of these events.

Joe spoke to  Fostering Healthy Solutions  for Pride month about the work of the Chamber and our focus on diversity and inclusion policy on Wednesday. Take a listen to the podcast below!

On Tuesday, June 15th  in a 6-3 decision , the Supreme Court ensured no employer has the right to discriminate against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity through the expansion of Title VII. The ruling grants federal job protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender workers to further advance the cause of LGBTQ rights. Read our chamber's official statement below and check out  this interview  with Joe and NewsChannel 5.

Connections
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, the rainbow heartbeat of two great cities known for music. This dynamic experience to celebrate Pride month will be held on  Friday, June 26th at 6:00 PM CST  at  PrideInLocalMusic.org  & on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Donations will be collected to support  for LGBTQ+ artists in both Austin through the  Health Alliance for Austin Musicians  ?and Nashville through the  Music Health Alliance .  
A great way to enjoy this LGBTQ+ concert is by hosting a Watch Party on Facebook.  Here are directions on how to start yours!
Look for a release of artists on Monday, we can wait to share the lineup with you! See you on Friday!

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 Scene presents 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!

Nashville Soccer Club and the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce will join forces to raise funds in support of Pride month by launching a commemorative Pride patch in celebration of the LGBT community.  Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can offer a discount to Pride patch holders. Individuals will bring their patch into your business in exchange for a discount on your goods and/or services.  Fill out the form below to get involved in this program!

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!

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! 

Need Father's Day plans? Our member D'Andrews Bakery & Cafe has you covered with special Picnic and Pastry Boxes. 20% of this weekend’s boxes will be donated to the  Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce . See details below!

Join us for AM Brewing Up Business on Thursday, July 2nd at 9 am. Grab a cup of coffee and make connections with chamber and community members!

Our next traditional happy hour will be on Thursday, July 16th at 5:30 pm. Don't miss this opportunity to make connections and have some fun!

A vigil for Tony McDade, a Black transman who died at the hands of Tallahassee police, and Black Trans Lives will be held on Saturday, June 20th at 7:30 pm. Find all details about how to get involved and how spread the word below.

Joe will be speaking on the "In the Know " radio show at  Acme  on Monday. He will talk about our chamber, Pride month, and LGBTQ+ community. This segment will air on AcmeRadioLive.com and on the "Acme Radio Live" app. Don't miss it!

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