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The Tennessee Pride Chamber Hosted the 10th Annual Pride in Business Awards Presented by Dell Technologies and The Tennessee Titans

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The Tennessee Pride Chamber Hosted the  

10th Annual Pride in Business Awards  

Presented by Dell Technologies and The Tennessee Titans 

The Evening Gala at Marathon Music Works Honored LGBTQ+ Businesses, Allies, Advocates, Business Leaders, and Corporations for Their Commitment tLGBTQEquality in Tennessee 


Nashville, Tennessee (June 2, 2023)  The 10th Annual Pride in Business Awards presented by Dell Technologies and The Tennessee Titans kicked off June’s Pride Month by recognizing LGBTQ+ owned businesses, allied businesses, non-profits, corporate partners, and advocates that are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and society. This year marks both the 10th Anniversary of the event and the 25th Anniversary for the Tennessee Pride Chamber, previously known as the Nashville LGBT Chamber. 


On Thursday, June 1, the Tennessee Pride Chamber brought together leaders of the LGBTQ+ and business communities for an awards ceremony featuring an evening gala with celebrity guests, entertainment, an early happy hour, dinner, awards, and a late-night dance party all at Marathon Music Works. Drag performers were featured throughout the night with music by DJ Griffin Green. 


One of the highlights of the evening was the debut of the “Voice of Change,” an award to recognize artists in the entertainment industry who have used their voice to lift the LGBTQ+ community. The Voice of Change award was presented to Allison Russell, a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a four-time Grammy nominated artist. A poet, artist and activist, Allison was one of the artists leading the efforts behind the Love Rising concert at Bridgestone Arena held earlier this year. Thanks in part to Allison’s effort, Love Rising raised more than $550,000 for LGBTQ+ organizations across Tennessee, including the Tennessee Pride Chamber Foundation, OUT Memphis, inclusion tennessee and the Tennessee Equality Project. The award was presented to Allison by her co-headliner at Love Rising, Maren Morris. An ally for the LGBTQ+ community, Maren is a Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter. 


Honorees for the 2023 Pride in Business Awards included: 


Voice of Change  Sponsored by Holland & Knight 

  • Allison Russell 


Allied Business of the Year – Sponsored by Bass, Berry & Sims 

  • Acme Feed & Seed - WINNER 

  • Panther Creek Brewing 

  • Sid Gold’s Request Room 

  • Symphonic Distribution 

  • Virgin Hotels Nashville 

  • The W Nashville 


Non-Profit of the Year – Sponsored by The Tennessee Titans 

  • American Cancer Society  

  • Franklin Pride 

  • Mechanical Licensing Collective 

  • Nashville Queer History 

  • Tennessee Equality Project – WINNER 

  • We Are One Recovery Nashville 


LGBTQ+ Business of the Year – Sponsored by Solaren Risk Management 

  • Big Drag Bus - WINNER 

  • Clifton & Leopold 

  • Emily April Allen Photography 

  • Frankie J’s 

  • Focus LGBT Magazine  

  • Music City Creative  

  • Southport Solutions  


Business Leader of Year  Sponsored by Nissan 

  • Ian Ayre, Nashville Soccer Club - WINNER 

  • Sarah AshleyRenowned Event Designs 

  • Ali Harnell, Live Nation 

  • Selena HaynesConnect Media Group 

  • David JohnsonRegions Bank 

  • Burke Nihill, Tennessee Titans 


Advocate of Year – Sponsored by Social Link 

  • Vidaila Gentry, Drag Artist - WINNER 

  • Dahron Johnson, Tennessee Equality Project 

  • Clayton Klutts, Franklin Pride 

  • Dakerri Rhone, Human Rights Campaign 

  • Aimee Sadler, Center for Nonprofit Management 

  • Terry Vo, API Middle Tennessee 


Business Resource Group of the Year – Sponsored by HCA Healthcare 

  • Alliance Bernstein  

  • Bass Berry Sims Pride Group 

  • Dell  

  • Gresham Smith LGBTQ+ Alliance Employee Resource Network - WINNER 

  • Mars Petcare 

  • Regions Bank 


Corporate Partner of the Year – Sponsored by Dell Technologies 

  • HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health - WINNER 

  • Schneider Electric 

  • Sony Music 

  • Southern Orthodontic Partners 

  • Warner Music Group 

  • WME 


The Tennessee Pride Chamber’s 10th Annual Pride in Business Awards were made possible thanks to its generous sponsors. The gala and awards were co-presented by Dell Technologies and The Tennessee Titans. Title sponsors included Solaren Risk Management and HCA Healthcare/Tristar Health.  The awards were sponsored by Holland & Knight, Social Link, Nissan & Bass Berry, and Sims.  


The 2022 Pride in Business Awards recognized: 


President’s Award – Mac Huffington, Nashville Pride 

Corporate Partner of the Year – Nashville Predators 

LGBT Business of the Year – Turnip Truck 

Business Leader of the Year – David AndrewsD’Andrews Bakery 

Allied Business of the Year – Diskin Cider 

Non-Profit of the Year – Oasis Center 

Business Resource Group of the Year – Amazon  

Advocate of the Year – Joseph Clark, Oasis Center 


To learn more about the Tennessee Pride Chamber follow us at @tnpridechamber on social media. Join the Tennessee Pride Chamber today at tnpridechamber.com. 


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About Tennessee Pride Chamber 

The Tennessee Pride Chamber represents hundreds of corporations, small businesses, and individual LGBTQ+ and allied professionals in Tennessee. 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. The Tennessee Pride Chamber is the only affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in the state. To learn more about the Tennessee Pride Chamber follow us at @tnpridechamber on social media. Join the Tennessee Pride Chamber today at tnpridechamber.com. 


Media Contact: Brian Rosman, brian@tnpridechamber.com, 323.605.2211 


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