NASHVILLE, TN — (01-02-23) — Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce has official changed its name to the Tennessee Pride Chamber. The name change coincides with the organization expanding its operations throughout the state of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Pride Chamber represents over 400 corporations, small businesses, and individual LGBTQ+ and allied professionals throughout the state. The majority of members are based around Nashville, but the organization has partnerships and members in Franklin, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Memphis, Knoxville and other cities and counties throughout the Tri-Star State.

“Next year, our organization will mark 25 years of advancing common business interests, economic growth, and equality for the LGBTQ+ business community,” said Terry Vo, President of the Tennessee Pride Chamber. “We’ve seen so much progress for the LGBTQ+ community and there is still more work to do. The business community has been a powerful voice advancing quality. Inclusion and diversity are good for business and good for Tennessee’s long-term economic growth.” said Vo.

Brian Rosman, Vice President & 2023 President Elect of the Tennessee Pride Chamber added, “Because of the work we do, our membership expanded outside of Nashville organically and the impact of our advocacy work is felt throughout the state. We want to make sure that companies, events, and tourists looking to come here know that we are a welcoming state, with a diverse workforce and vibrant LGBTQ+ communities.” said Rosman.

The Tri-Star State has over 133,000 LGBTQ+ workers, making up 4% of the state’s work force. Approximately 29% of LGBTQ+ people in Tennessee are also parents raising children.

Tennessee Pride Chamber programs are driven by the mantra, “Advocate, Educate, Connect. We are a leading business voice on LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts at the state and local level representing a coalition of Tennessee businesses. We offer educational opportunities to our members to further their careers and grow their businesses. We connect our members and our communities to business and economic opportunities.”

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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