Weekly Wrap-Up: November 20, 2020


November 20, 2020


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CEO Brief

Remembering David McMurry. I  want to start the Weekly by honoring someone that read it every edition and would email me back with comments, appreciations, and tips on how to make more connections off the connections and information that we shared.

David McMurry would read every word of these emails and send the information in it to those that could use it. He was always thinking of other people and how he could help them in any way possible.

We lost an amazing person this week, for the Chamber, the broader LGBT community, the city as a whole. David McMurry was a gentle giant and one of the most caring and genuine people I have met.

You can read more about him on the page we set up to compile what people were saying about him. We have our statement and the statements of many others on what he did and what he meant to them. You can tell he was loved.

He will be remembered with a candlelight vigil Saturday. We will miss you, David, thank you for the service, laughs, memories, and for being a great example of how we all should be.

David McMurry

This week was Transgender Remembrance Week. You should have received an email from me earlier today about the ceremony tonight and other information about the week. I hope you can join us to remember the fallen that were taken from us far too soon. Rest in Power. 


COVID-19 cases are overwhelming the country. The Mayor announced that guidelines on gathering size will be reduced from 25 to 8, effective Monday, Nov. 23. The Rule of 8 on gatherings is primarily targeting family, friends, and informal gatherings, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday. WE must ALL do our part to slow the spread. See more below. 

I am traveling today, Jim, Spooner, and I are driving to Provincetown, MA for the holiday week ahead. We have a house on the water and will observe Thanksgiving where the Pilgrims landed 400 years ago  and signed the Mayflower Compact. 400 years ago the Mayflower Compact was signed by the all-white Pilgrim Fathers following a deadly pandemic of unimagined ferocity followed by a wave of horrific atrocities towards the Native populations of New England and beyond. But centuries later a new Compact and the community continue to re-envision an expansive, inclusive, and fully democratic contract with each other and share that story with a world seeking hope and progress. Something to ponder on and think about, as we work towards our new compact of inclusion and diversity. 


Whatever you are doing or whatever you are thinking about, I hope you have a good holiday weekend and stay safe and healthy. I am most thankful to all of you. We look forward to sharing with you an end of year report in December and we will celebrate the year that was 2020. Happy Thanksgiving. 


Coronavirus Response

From Mayor John Cooper: Effective Monday, November 23: Limit public and private gatherings to 8 people. Record COVID hospitalizations are straining hospitals. Restricting social contacts is critical to stopping the spread of COVID. Please reconsider any plans to gather with people outside of your household, including Thanksgiving.


What We Did


This month’s Classroom Connect focused on public relations. Thank you to Brian Rosman, Kellie Davie, and Ronald Roberts for presenting such valuable information.


You can check out the recording here. There is SO much great information, don't miss it.


Don’t miss our upcoming educational opportunities by checking the Rainbow Connection Series page.


On this Transgender Day Of Remembrance, use this time to educate yourself on how to speak about transgender people. Join us at 7:00 pm CST on Vanderbilt's Office of LGBTQI Life's YouTube Channel for a live stream of Nashville's Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony.




Join us at 7:00 pm CST TONIGHT on Vanderbilt's Office of LGBTQI Life's YouTube Channel for a live stream of Nashville's Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony.


Join the Nashville Business Journal for a conversation on diversity, inclusion and equity with some of Nashville's leading companies on how they create an inclusive culture that breaks down barriers on Thursday, December 3rd, how they build a diverse workforce and how they navigate the challenges that arise. We are a proud sponsor of this event. Get your tickets now!


The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of Intro Nashville, an opportunity to ensure employees become a more engaged and connected community member. During this program, participants will learn what makes the region unique and how we become the "It" city. To learn more, click here.


The Nashville Children’s Theatre will be premiering its taped Pete the Cat production on Sunday, December 6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. CT with a live red-carpet component hosted by NCT’s Executive Artistic Director Ernie Nolan. Check your member portal for a special discount on tickets! For more information, read this Press Release.


Remember to register, get those last dollars fundraised, and join Nashville CARES's livestream celebration TOMORROW, all at NashvilleAIDSWalk.com!


The Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program is conducting a research study entitled Mosaico; we’re looking for 18-60 year old HIV-negative cisgender men and transgender people who have sex with cisgender men and/or transgender people for an HIV prevention study. When participating in this study, you cannot get HIV from the study vaccines, and you may be compensated for your time. Join the Mosaico Study, and join us in the fight against HIV! For more information or to schedule an education session, please contact Jarissa Greenard (Community Educator) jarissa.e.greenard@vumc.org or call 615-322-HOPE (4673).


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