Texas Competes is a partnership of business leaders committed to a Texas that is economically vibrant and welcoming of all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The Texas brand matters to businesses because that brand can have an impact on business, municipal, and state competitiveness for talent, entrepreneurship, corporate relocation, and tourism.

Business leaders know that brand matters. And the brand of the state of Texas on LGBT issues matters to economic competitiveness. An inclusive Texas is crucial to:

• Attracting entrepreneurs and company relocations
• Maintaining a strong travel and tourism industry
• Attracting the best talent to the state



As signers of the Texas Competes pledge, we are committed to promoting a competitive, economically vibrant Texas.

We believe that in order for Texas businesses to compete for top talent, we must have workplaces and communities that are diverse and welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

We believe that treating all Texans and visitors fairly is essential to maintaining Texas’ strong brand as the premier home for talented workers, growing businesses, entrepreneurial innovation, and a thriving travel and tourism industry.

It’s time to ensure fairness for all Texas employees, residents, and consumers. A united Texas is a competitive Texas. And when Texas competes, Texas wins.


The Texas Competes pledge is free and open to large and small businesses with operations in Texas, chambers of commerce, and industry associations.


Texas Competes’ mission is to provide a unified voice for the Texas business community on the clear economic and business case for a Texas that offers fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. That unified voice takes the form of the Texas Competes pledge.