Weekly Wrap-Up: June 26, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 06/26/20

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and you need to know about, to get the most of your membership. 
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CEO Brief - 
?From sitting next to my husband crying and watching the breaking news, to the explosion of text messages from friends and family, the impromptu rally that several of us at the Chamber organized at noon at the State Capitol, rushing down to watch our friend and former CEO Lisa Howe marry her wife at the clerk’s office officiated by the Mayor, and then the huge celebration that lasted all Pride weekend long. Truly amazing. 
As we reflect on this momentous day and the new SCOTUS decision on LGBT workers protection from two weeks ago,  let us remember that the fight is not over . While these changes to law only protect LGBTQ+ people to a certain extent, there is so much more to fight for. Access to health care, housing, public accommodations, employment opportunities, and even the very right to stay alive are things we have to keep fighting for. Let us also recognize and remember that these are even more challenging to access for our people of color and trans brothers and sisters.  We cannot stop and must keep pushing forward, together.  
We have been so busy with  Pride In Local Music  this week. We are really looking forward to the show tonight. I want to thank Lauren for all her hard work, as well as the  Austin LGBT Chamber , production companies, artists, sponsors, and  everyone involved . Also to the community for all the support and sharing of the event. I hope you enjoy it. 
A lot of talk about Pride month and the movement. It is great that the media and other organizations are talking about the important issues we have left to achieve. I am looking forward to  talking with Vice Mayor Jim Schulman and Abby Rubenfeld Saturday morning about this. 
Take a look at the COVID info below. We all need to be paying attention on these numbers that are surging and do our part to stop them.

Coronavirus Response
COVID-19 infections are spiking.  Nashville remains in Phase 3  even with this happening. Facemasks are the focus of discussion and the Mayor is thinking of making the wearing of them mandatory here in Davidson County. The Governor has said he is not. 
We are hearing from many member businesses on what they should do to keep their employees and customers safe, and how to be a good community citizen. Our guidance is to follow CDC and local health department guidelines. Public health officials continue to emphasize safety measures, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and keeping social gatherings to 25 people or less. Please help us keep our city safe! 
Check out all of our COVID-19 updates on our website and the COVID-19 Resource page.
We are proud to announce that more than 600 businesses have signed on to our Good to Go program in the short time since announcing it a month ago. We are thrilled to see green music note decals going up all across Nashville at businesses committed to the health and safety of visitors and residents. A list of participating businesses can be found at  goodtogonashville.com , and the green music note icon is also displayed on the profiles of participating businesses on the  NCVC website .

Phase 3 is a reflection of our new normal: staying home when you can, wearing face coverings in public, and practicing social distancing. We appreciate all you’re doing to keep our city safe.

Legislative Update
Make sure you read our  End of Session Legislative Wrap-Up from last week. We will give you an update when we hear about the potential special session.

New and Renewing Members

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

What We Did

Joe  spoke Monday on the "In the Know" radio sho w. A show s erving as a space for education, awareness, and change  on   Acme Radio Live  at our member   Acme Feed & Seed.

Take a listen to him chat about the Chamber's work, Pride month happenings,  Pride in Local Music , and other news affecting the LGBTQ+ community. You will also hear him play DJ and listen to some of his favorite Pride songs, of course Taylor Swift is one of them! 

Channel Q, iHeart Radio’s nationally syndicated LGBTQ radio station, interviewed the chamber to promote Pride in Local Music. We talked with Ryan Mitchell and Shira Lazar, hosts of Let’s Go There.  We are so excited that the music community at-large is getting behind this event!

We were honored to speak to our member  Amazon  and their employee resource groups. Joe was hosted by the Glamazons to talk about the Chamber and the many things that are happening with Pride and the COVID -19 impact. We love to talk with members anytime. Let us know if you would like us to join your group. 

Our member AllianceBernstein hosted their annual Pride Month event virtually on Thursday. This was an incredible display of Pride and support from a corporate leader. Actors and writers for "Pose" joined the Q&A!

Our corporate employee resource group leaders met on Tuesday. We had a great discussion and were able to check-in with each other on D&I programs, the state of their workplace, and more.

If you would like to get plugged into this program, please reach out to Lauren.

Thank you to our member and partner the Nashville Predators for presenting our Foundation with a check for $6500 to continue our work around education and community building.

They hosted a Press Conference Friday where we talked about the Chamber, how the Foundation funds scholarships, and how appreciated Preds Pride Night is by our community.

We are so excited for tonight's virtual concert presented by  Dell Technologies  ! We can't wait for you to see our amazing LGBTQ+ artists performing from beautiful, iconic music venues in Austin and Nashville!

Tune in TONIGHT,  Friday, June 26th at 6:00 PM CST  at  PrideInLocalMusic.com  or  Facebook  !

Find out how to share, watch, donate, who's performing, and how to support the event by reading our email from this morning!

Join Vice Mayor Jim Shulman, Nashville Civil Rights Attorney Abby Rubenfeld, and our CEO Joe Woolley, for a Community Conversation about the recent Supreme Court Ruling on LGBT workers protection and other equality issues.
The conversation is this Saturday, June 27, 2020, beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Send your name, email, and questions to info@shulmanfornashville.com to register and receive login information.

Nashville Soccer Club and the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce are joining 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 and grab your patch today!

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!

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!

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!

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