Weekly Wrap-Up: June 21, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-Up - 6-21-19

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. 


Happy Pride everyone! This has been a busy week and we are gearing up for an even busier weekend. That is why we are a little late. You can read about all that we have been up to this week and all that is still planned for this weekend below. 


PRIDE message from the CEO- 

I wanted to share with you all a statement we will be sharring with the public and press later today. We want to share with you our members first. A message about Pride. What is it, what it means and where we are now. It's all we have been talking about with so many of our members and the community for the last few weeks.


Pride started 50 years ago as riots against police harassing LGBT people. That riot sparked a movement and look at where we are now. We have fought so hard and come so far and society has changed for the better. We are no longer a culture that tolerates and allows the harassment to go unchecked. We see wrongs and issues and we address them. 


We have so far still to go and so much work left to do. You know that by stories in the press about people that call for our execution, or the actual killing of a member of our community. You also just have to read the comments on social media on any type of pride post. We have to stay united as a community through this. We have to respect one another and not be as extreme as the other side. We have to remember that the center of our message is love and acceptance. 


We came together Thursday night at our Brewing Up Business event with the other diversity chambers, this partnership and collaboration is what is important. All marginalized communities need to band together to work toward a more equitable society for ALL. 


Two big things that tie this all together from this week and two points I want to make going into Pride weekend- the police are not the enemy and businesses should serve everyone. 

1- The Metro Nashville Police Department wrapped a squad car in the rainbow to celebrate Pride and promote their Safe Space initiative. We were lucky enough to get to share it on social media first (which is what brought on this statement) and we love our partnership and the work we do with MNPD. They have learned some tough lessons and acknowledged their mistakes, and they have implemented policies to change. Yes, Stonewall was a riot against the police but times are different. We should respect the men and woman that protect us and look at where they are going, not fixate on the wrong or where they have been, and we should not demand that they not be involved in Pride. They have a right to show their Pride too just as any other organization does. We are happy they are doing so and the Nashville LGBT Chamber stands with the Metro Nashville Police Department. 

2- When it comes to serving everyone, even people and churches that spout hate, everyone has a right to be served. We can not argue that we want cakes baked for same-sex weddings and the baker can't refuse to do it, then demand that a business refuse to serve somebody else. We are no better than the other side when we call for discrimination. Our member Cracker Barrel took a brave stance by asking the church not to have their event there, and they reiterated their values and culture of inclusivity and a welcoming environment for their employees and customers.  What they did not do, which was lost in the press coverage and the talk from the LGBT around it, was deny to serve people eating at their restaurant. 

We applaud them for their stance and action on this and want to call attention to not refusing business services to anyone. When we as a community disagree on strategy, we should be respectful of that disagreement and understand that we are all working toward the same thing, and while the strategy may be different, the intention is good and we should understand and not tear down. It is only in that way, will we continue to win and move forward down the road to full equality and equity for all. 


Happy Pride everyone. We hope you have a wonderful weekend, now take a look below and see everything that we are doing and what you can do to celebrate this weekend! Be safe. 


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 1 hour of your with the Nashville LGBT Chamber at the Pride festival! We need volunteers to pass out scavenger hunt cards at every entrance! We REALLY need help on Saturday from noon-2pm! You can sign up using this link or just show up at our booth.  Please feel free to share this link with your family, friends, and co-workers. 

All volunteers will receive an LGBT Chamber t-shirt! If you do not volunteer and still want a shirt, you can purchase one at our booth this weekend for $20. 

Come see us at booth #19 as we partner with Events R Us Photography for a really cool project. They will be using their Digital Roamer Camera to take pictures of our guests on this fun background or the festival as a background, and uploading them directly to social media! 


Mayors Budget Passed- Metro funding for LGBT Chamber- 

The Mayor’s Budget passed the Council on Tuesday. With it, we were officially awarded another $25,000 grant from Metro. We thank the Mayor and the Council for trusting us with the city’s tight funds. We will spend the money wisely on certifying more LGBT Business owners and getting them ready to do business with Metro. This grant has lead to so much opportunity, partnership, and growth. That was seen at last nights Brewing Up Business. 


June/PRIDE Brewing Up Business-

We kicked off the start of PRIDE weekend in style last night at our June/PRIDE Brewing Up Business diversity networking event. Our 300+ guests enjoyed the beautiful lobby and delicious hors d'oeuvre provided by Union Station Hotel Nashville

Thank you again to our drink sponsor, Dollar General, and our event partners: IABC Nashville, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber, Nashville Black Chamber, Tennessee Latin American Chamber, and BAO. This is the type of the colaboration that the Metro grant has fostered. 

Check out photos and the live stream of announcements!


Vanderbilt University Medical Center -

We spoke to the newly formed Employee Resouce Group at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Vanderbilt has a long-running and invaluable program with their Center for LGBTQI Health and we are always happy to work with them. We spoke of the Chamber and the work we have been doing and Phill Cobbuci with Pride spoke about the many events coming up this weekend and the community invisioning project that Pride is taking on. 


IABC’s Diversity & Inclusion Panel-

The Nashville LGBT Chamber also participated in our member IABC Nashville’s June Professional Development Luncheon, hosted at our member Waller, where guests heard from some of Nashville’s diversity leaders. It’s events like this that show how Nashville is truly working toward inclusion and diversity!


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! Diskin Cider Daydream Re-Release-

Our generous member Diskin Cider is proud to announce the re-release of Daydream, their Prickly Pear Rosé Cider, available in their tasting room Friday, June 21st!  Just like last year, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation to support efforts to educate, inspire, and empower LGBT business professionals.  The specialty cider will now also be available in 16 oz cans and will be distributed throughout Nashville and various other Tennessee markets for a limited time.  Come celebrate an incredible cause and #dangerouslygood cider all at once. Cheers Friends!



Pride Weekend 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:


Pink and Purple Pride Pre-Party-

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 Throwdown-

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. 


Please see this post for important Nashville Pride information!


Craft Love Nashville’s Free Mimosa Morning-

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: 5104 Centennial Blvd Suite D, Nashville, TN 37209

Sign Up Link: https://craftlove.com/nashville/events/pride-mimosa-morning

**Guests must register for a project ahead of the event.**

Come fuel up for Pride Weekend with complimentary mimosas while you create a wood sign for your home. With over 100 project designs to choose from, there’s a DIY wood sign for every home and every style. Let our instructors guide you step-by-step and be amazed at what you'll create from a pile of raw wood! View our project gallery. We'll have fun together building and decorating our creations! Craft Love is BYO drinks and food if you want to sip or snack on something while you create!


Diskin Divas Drag Show: Pride Edition-

Get ready to celebrate PRIDE with your fabulous Diskin Divas this Sunday! Enjoy delicious brunch and lunch buffet offerings and delectable craft cider and cocktail specials. Grab tickets for the 4 PM seating by emailing info@diskincider.com!


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. 


Thank you and Happy Pride-

We want to close by thanking all the volunteers that make Pride happen. To our own volunteers that are helping out, the board members that serve this organization. Your organization's volunteers, often your employees, that volunteer their time and celebrate pride with you. Especially to the Nashville Pride Festival volunteers. The board and everyone that puts it together. It is a massive undertaking and we applaud you and thank you for your service to the community. 


Joe Woolley



Lauren Bland

Membership Manager


Nashville LGBT Chamber


41 Peabody Street

Nashville, TN 37210

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