The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber unveiled it's new logo at its 36th Annual State of the Chamber Luncheon presented by Trulieve on January 17, 2020.  President & CEO Justice Gennari said that the chamber will now officially serve the entire region of Tampa Bay, throughout seven counties; Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk and Hernando. As the Chamber is committed to strengthening relationships throughout the Tampa Bay region to better represent the community that we serve. 

History

The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber was founded in 1983 as the Tampa Business Guild and was reorganized in ___ as the Tampa Bay Business Guild. The organization later evolved with the current times to Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which also was to show similarity to its affiliate, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, also known as NGLCC. In 2014 it became the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber, which it remained, until 2020 when it changed its name to the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber. To better represent the business community that it serves. 

Timeline

1983  The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber was founded as The Tampa Business Guild, the organization was later reorganize as the Tampa Bay Business Guild. 

1990  Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival was founded, as a expansion from The Tampa Bay Business Guild (TBBG).

1991  Hillsborough and Tampa adopt measures in a join meeting adding sexual orientation to an existing human rights ordinance. 

1992  Hillsborough and Tampa voters repeal the 18-month old amendment to the Human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation. 

1995  Hillsborough County Commissioners vote to repeal its version of the human rights ordinance that included sexual orientation 

2003  St. Pete Pride was established by members, local business owners and community leaders.

2014  Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously vote to repeal the ban on gay pride displays — Tampa Pride was later formed.

The Chamber became the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce

2011  The Chamber evolved with the current times to Tampa Bay Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which also was to show similarity to its affiliate, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, also known as NGLCC.

2019  The Chamber hosted the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, International Business and Leadership Conference. This globally recognized conference is the largest LGBT business event on the planet. More than 1,500 LGBT and allied business leaders attended that year, with an estimated economic impact of $7.8 Million to the Tampa Bay region.

            The City of Tampa, under the direction of Tampa’s first openly LGBT Mayor, Jane Castor, made history signing an executive order to add NGLCC’s LGBTBE certification and welcome LGBT business owners into city contracting and economic development opportunities.  

2020  The Chamber changed its name to the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber, to better represent the business community that it serves.

The Chamber was added to the Tampa Bay Chamber memorandums of understanding (MOUs). Together, with eight other MOUs, the Chamber is proud to advocate on behalf of over 4,200 collective members throughout Tampa Bay.

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