About us

Out & Equal Houston is a Regional Affiliate of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a national 501c3 non-profit organization committed to creating safe and equitable workplace environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.


Out & Equal Houston began in 2006 as "Out in Energy" -- regular networking socials originally organized by Chevron PRIDE and hosted by the employee groups from various energy companies from around Houston.  These networking socials quickly expanded to include other LGBTA employees from other industries across the city.  In 2008, leaders from various companies met to map out a strategy for how to best move forward as a group.  Based on everyone's collective experience attending the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, the group chose to pursue establishing a Regional Affiliate.

Out & Equal Houston was officially chartered in 2009 and began full operations in 2010.  We were recognized by the national organization in 2011 as "Regional Affiliate of the Year".

Today, our affiliate continues it mission -- to promote LGBT workplace equality through education, innovative programs and resources for individuals, companies and organizations across Houston.  We welcome everyone to join us and help make Houston-area employers all "Out & Equal Workplaces".

Our Structure

Out & Equal Houston is an all-volunteer organization.  Our Affiliate is led by the Out & Equal Houston Leadership Council:

Gemma Burns



Mike Craig

Operations & Planning Director


Michael Dulaney

Pride Liaison

EMC Corporation

Tim Martinez

Education Programming Coordinator


Glynda McGinnis

At Large

Wells Fargo

Jeremy Stout

At Large

The Dow Chemical Company

Elisa Vega-Burns

At Large

EMC Corporation



Strategies & Planning

When Out & Equal Houston was first chartered in 2009, we established a five-year strategic plan in order to guide our activities, set meaningful, doable targets and measure progress to plan.  These are expressed in in our plan as a multi-year stair-step diagram or “shaping curve”.  Our strategies, activity plans, budgets and development targets have been calibrated to align with this long-term vision.

You can read our full updated five-year strategic plan by following the link below.


Our Strategies 


Education & Programming

We provide unique, quality education & programming which drives workplace equality.

Community Partnerships

We build productive, collaborative and trustworthy partnerships for the benefit of the LGBT and larger Houston community

Membership Engagement

We offer opportunities for engagement, networking and personal development which makes people want to become part of Out & Equal Houston.

Sponsorship & Development

We provide resources & programs that provide clear value and return on our sponsors’ and donors’ investments. 

Affiliate Operations

We are committed to operating Out & Equal Houston effectively to meet our vision and goals.  We are open, ethical and transparent in how we conduct business.