Secretary of State Jane Nelson Lawmakers’ refusal to acknowledge LGBTQ chambers signals dangerous anti-business trend Contributed by:Tina Grider-Cannon | president & CEO, Austin LGBT Chamber of CommerceTammi Wallace | co-founder, president & CEO, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of CommerceTony Vedda | president & CEO, North Texas LGBT Chamber of CommerceJeff Ivey | board president, San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce “No matter where you’re from, we are all Texans, and we’ve come together for the next 140 days to work on behalf of our state,” Secretary of State Jane Nelson said when opening the 88th Texas Legislature. “But remember this: As Texans, we all agree on much more than any differences we might have.” But judging by the actions of the House and Senate on Valentine’s Day, Secretary Nelson may need to refine her statement to exclude LGBTQ+ Texans.
Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, a coalition of the Austin, Greater Houston, North Texas and San Antonio LGBT chambers of commerce, gathered in Austin on that day to meet with our elected officials.
Many business groups, advocacy groups and others organize Day at the Capitol-type events each session to engage with legislators and participate in the legislative process.
These visits are often recognized with a House and/or Senate resolution. Since Jan. 10, more than 230 resolutions have passed.