Weekly Wrap-Up: September 25, 2020

The Weekly Wrap-Up 09/25/20

Your MEMBER ONLY email on all things the Chamber worked on this week, and what you need to know to get the most out of your membership. 
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During this time of national crisis, when information and connections are so important, 
the Weekly Wrap-Up will be made available to members and non-members. 

CEO Brief - 
Fall has arrived, the year seems to fly by and crawl along at the same time. I am looking forward to cooler temps and hopefully more time outside. 
We sent you an update on Monday morning with several things that had changed over the weekend from last week’s Weekly. That update email seems like weeks ago, there is so much happening and changing every day. We have a full Weekly below with updates and news we hope you will find helpful. 
The nation seems to be in utter disarray and chaos. If you are not paying attention to the election and the politics around, you should be. Some very scary comments were made this week that strike at the core of our democracy. I highly recommend The Election that could Break America that was released this week, and what could happen after the election, it is frightening but informative. We are pushing our VOTE Early TN campaign and will be talking about “PRIDE at the POLLS” in the weeks ahead. I hope you are ready to vote! 
Speaking of getting ready to vote, our friends and partners at the Tennessee Equality Project released their state legislative candidate surveys this week. These are answers to questions focused on LGBT issues that TEP asked of State Senate and House candidates on the ballot in November. Take a look and see the responses, anything you can do to be as informed as possible. 
To end, I wanted to share an article that was shared with me by another nonprofit community CEO. I can not recommend this article enough!  The article from McKinsey, “The CEO moment: Leadership in the New Era”should be read by anyone leading any type of business, organization, or group. I have thought about so many things in the article in relation to the NashLGBTcc and where we go from here and how we will be changed forever. Please let me know what you think, would love to discuss more. 
We have much work ahead of us, all of us, in so many areas. We are here for you. Thank you for being a member. 

Remembering RBG
In response to the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose values and ideologies earned her the nickname “Notorious #RBG,” the Nashville LGBT Chamber remembers and honors. From her time as director of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union to her long tenure on the US Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg has been a tireless defender of justice and a beacon of civil rights. She was a powerful champion of LGBTQ+ rights, including her most recent opinions in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, in which the Court affirmed that anti-LGBT discrimination is a form of sex-based discrimination.
The gender-discrimination cases which she fought as a lawyer, as well as the landmark opinions on gender and sexual orientation which she made as a Supreme Court Justice, are central to her lifelong career. Justice Ginsburg has been a pillar of civil liberties and human rights. Her presence on the bench, in the movement, and in this world will be greatly missed.
Rest in Power, RBG.

Coronavirus Response

We passed a tragic milestone this week with over 200,000 fellow Americans dying of COVID-19. We pause and remember those taken from us and hope for comfort to those that they leave behind. 

Cases continue to look better locally here in Nashville with today’s numbers being the lowest since the early days of the lockdown. While positive here and staying flat in Tennessee, other areas of the country are spiking again and we may see an Autumn surge and a “twin-demic” with the flu and COVID hitting us. Stay vigilant and don’t let up. Continue to wear your mask! 

Gov. Bill Lee has extended the deadline for small businesses to apply for federal funding through the Tennessee Business Relief Program until Sept. 30. Make sure you check your eligibility and apply

Nashville will enter Phase 3 on Thursday, October 1st. Make sure you know what it means and you are ready. 

What We Did

The Nashville LGBT Chamber has launched a new Classroom Connect Series to help LGBT and allied business owners expand their entrepreneurial skill set with educational webinars that connect participants to trusted experts. The Classroom Connect Series is made possible thanks to HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health, who joined as the title sponsor of the Classroom Connect Series. Classroom Connect is part of the Nashville LGBT Chamber’s broader Rainbow Connection Programming, which provides networking, ongoing education and other business opportunities to its members. 
Our Classroom Connect: Digital Marketing Basics was a huge success! Marketing and social media are the top resources our members ask for. Thank you to our presenters and to everyone who participated. You can catch the replay here.
09/21/20 Community Oversight Board Committee: MHRC Community Safety Townhall Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended this week's Community Safety Townhall Meeting. If you missed it, you can list to the conversation here. Look for the next opportunity for your voice to be heard below.

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. Are you registered to vote? Check your status! Early voting starts on October 14th. Look for some exciting activites coming soon!
09/18/20 LGBTQ Caucus Meeting

We participated in the Metro Nashville LGBTQ Caucus meeting last week. Items discussed include a bullying bill, the renaming of 5th Avenue to Rep. John Lewis Way, the renaming of a road (Ensley or Carney Street) to Bianca Page Blvd, and community updates from the Community Oversight Board and the Nashville LGBT Chamber. We specifically updated them on diversity issues with COVID relief, and how that needs to be fully equitable. Watch this video and catch up with this caucus.


Upcoming Chamber Events

Thursday, October 1st, 9 am

Thursday, October 8th, 11 am

Thursday, October 15th, 5:30 pm

Classroom Connect: The Voice of the Customer
Thursday, October 22nd, 11 am
Nashville's Community Oversight Board & the Metro Human Relations Commission are co-hosting a series of Community Safety Townhall Meetings. Thank you to everyone who attended this week's meeting. You can listen to the conversation here

Didn't make it to this week's townhall? Your next opportunity to make your voice heard is Monday, September 28th at 5 pm. Find ways to submit your responses below.

Census Deadline September 30: We are less than ONE WEEK away from the deadline to fill out the 2020 Census. Your participation is critical, as billions of dollars in federal funding for our area over the next decade are tied to an accurate Census count.
Completing the Census only takes a few minutes. You can fill it out online at my2020census.gov, or do it over the phone at 844-330-2020. You only need your address as of April 1 to start the process.

From our member and partner, the Nashville Area Chamber: Are you interested in making an impact on Metro Nashville Public School students in a community leadership position? Join us for an information session on October 8th or October 22nd to learn more about the program, applying for the next cohort beginning January 2021, and connect with LPE alumni.

Clinical Research Associates is enrolling nearly 4,000 local volunteers in clinical trials to study potential vaccines for COVID-19. Individuals can volunteer to participate if they are at least 18 years old and generally healthy. Volunteers will be compensated for their time, and they will receive additional medical screening and attention. If interested in participating, you can sign up today by visiting covidnashville.com, emailing recruiter@CRAnashville.com, or by calling (615) 329-2222.

We are so proud of our certified LGBT-owned businesses (also known as LGBT Business Enterprises or LGBTBEs) as they continue to see success and we want to spotlight them!
Check out this spotlight of EV Originals. Read more below!

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Our list of member benefits constantly grows and develops! Make sure you are maximizing your membership to reach our diverse audience. Contact me if you have any questions about membership or any of the following benefits:

  • Update your Online Listing: Update your logo, category, business information, and more to get noticed in our website directory.
  • Member Account Checklist: Members can use their representatives, membership badge, and membership sticker to promote their pride in business.
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  • Post Events: Keep the community up-to-date with your business’s events.
  • Post Jobs: Job postings are imperative to support the LGBTQ+ and ally community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lauren Bland
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Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210

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