The Weekly Wrap-Up 06/19/20
Legislative Wrap-Up 2020 Session
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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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
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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