Weekly Wrap-Up: May 29, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 05/29/20

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CEO Brief - 
I know it has been a week, a short one, and a rough one. We are shocked, saddened, and angered. We all must do our part to dismantle racism. 

We at the Nashville LGBT Chamber strive for collaboration and community building in our work, and we know when that happens we are successful.  We are a diverse community of professionals who stand against discrimination, violence, bigotry, racism, and homophobia in all forms.

We also believe that to be allies in diversity, inclusion, and equity work; we have to do the work of showing up, dismantling white supremacy where we can, and stand up for our impacted friends in and outside of our LGBTQ+ community.  We wanted to  share this document  which is intended to serve as a resource to deepen our anti-racism work. 

As we kick off Pride month on Monday, I would remind everyone how that started. Pride started with a  riot , fifty-one years ago, when LGBTQ+ people had enough. 

Speaking of Pride month it starts Monday. We have a lot of exciting announcements about programming and events coming your way. It is going to be a busy Pride month, even if it is all virtual. Check out more details below! 

We are officially canceling the Pride In Business Awards Presented by AllianceBernstein that was to be held next Friday. We will be back with awards in 2021. Instead of awards this year we will be HONORING several deserving businesses and individuals during the entire month.

Several other big announcements this week by email that I hope you got, recaps and further details below with more info. 

Have a great weekend and see you in Pride Month. Get your rainbow decorations out this weekend and put them up Monday! 

Coronavirus Response

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. 
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Vanderbilt Health and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. announced the launch of a free program supporting Nashville-area businesses with extra resources and access to public health experts as the city begins to reopen. The Good to Go program will ensure a safer city for residents and visitors as Nashville businesses pledge to implement health standards in a way that is consistent across Music City.

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.

In addition to upcoming learning opportunities, we are adding recordings and follow-up resources from previous webinars. Check these resources frequently for the latest information.

Follow-Up from This Week's Webinars

Legislative Update
We are carefully watching the Legislature as they meet. While the House is taking up discriminatory bills, none are expected to be heard by the Senate who will only be hearing legislation connected to COVID-19 and the budget.

Our community partner  TEP has campaigns going on  to contact the House. 

We ask our legislators to keep focused on the recovery of the state and do more that will harm that recovery like passing discriminatory legislation.

We put out an ACTION ALERT today regarding the Tennessee Recovery and Safe Harbor Act. The measures provided in this legislation will protect healthcare providers, as well as nonprofits and businesses struggling to keep their doors open, from the risk and expense of lawsuits associated with the virus. 

We hope you will join us and take action on this legislation. 

New and Renewing Members

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

What We Did
We have been working hard to get ready for Pride month! Look for some announcements starting on Monday, June 1st. 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR : We have a big event coming on Friday, June 26th from 6 pm - 8 pm. Stay posted for details!
Our staff and board participated in the NGLCC Affilitate Chambers Southern Region Town Hall this week. We were able to exchange ideas and participate in each other's initiatives. Collaboration is key to our continued success.

Announcing Pride in Business Honors:

While we can't come together and honor Pride in Business winners this year, we still have a lot to celebrate as a community! 

We want to hear from you. Are you a business, organization, or individual making a difference in the LGBTQ+ community? Are you an ally working to support LGBTQ+ people in the workplace? Do you know a business, organization, or individual that deserves to be recognized? Please fill out this following survey so we can celebrate together.

Honorees will be highlighted in a social media campaign, as well as on our website, and a select few in media publications. 
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 to support our efforts to educate, inspire, and empower LGBT business professionals and entrepreneurs through educational opportunities and scholarships.
Grab a Daydream to support our member and our Foundation! You can order before 11 am for free Davidson county delivery, pick up curbside starting at noon or join Diskin for a pint from 4-11 pm tonight.

We had some fun making a video thank Diskin for their continued partnership!
To kickoff LGBT Pride Month, Mayor John Cooper will celebrate by having the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge and Metro Courthouse covered in rainbow colors. Nashville’s 2020 Pride Parade and Festival events are postponed due to COVID19. Several organizations and LGBT-owned businesses will continue to celebrate virtually during the month of June.
Join us for our upcoming networking, learning, and connection events as we celebrate PRIDE month virtually together. Stay connected with the Chamber! Registration links can be found below. Details and speakers will be updated.
Join our member  OZ Arts Nashville  for the virtual premiere of  This Holding: Traces of Contact   TONIGHT, May 29th at 8 pm .

Celebrated Nashville visual artist Jana Harper joins forces with choreographer Rebecca Steinberg, musician Moksha Sommer, and filmmaker Sam Boyette for a physical exploration of personal empathy and the shared human experience. Originally conceived as a live performance, this dance and visual art event has been reimagined for the camera, taking a timely look at our responsibilities to each other as citizens of a global community. The environmental performance was filmed from a distance at various outdoor locations in Nashville during isolation, examining individual and collective burdens, and what it means to feel connected to something larger than ourselves—especially when apart.

RSVP for exclusive content and event reminders so you don't miss the online premiere and live artist Q&A. Learn more: 
In honor of this year's centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, Metro Arts and the Davidson County Election Commission have partnered to sponsor a contest to create a special edition "I Voted" sticker.
The contest received a total 75 entries from 7th-12th grade students from all over Nashville and Davidson County. The finalists were chosen by a citizen selection panel, and the winning sticker design will be chosen by the public!
Public voting will end on May 31, 2020, and results will be announced the first week of June. The winning design will be printed and distributed at all Davidson County precincts during the fall 2020 elections! Vote now:
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. 

Responses from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+) community, a historically undercounted community, will provide reliable data to inform advocates, policymakers, and researchers working on LGBTQ+ issues.

There are two important surveys we ask our members and the community to take:
The Community Marketing & Insights (CMI) 14th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey  ends on Sunday, May 31st , please participate! This survey takes 10-12 minutes and the data collected helps non-profits, universities, and other organizations better understand and serve the LGBTQ community.
The Nashville LGBT Chamber is hard at work to keep our community informed and connected. We are here for you at this uncertain time and we are nothing without our members. We want your input on our upcoming events and programs, including the Pride in Business Awards and the Rainbow Connection.

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