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Employer Branding: Reaching LGBTQ Candidates

Let’s face it. To attract and retain top talent today you and your organization must adapt, expand, and grow. Today, candidates, and we’ll say in particular LGBTQ candidates, evaluate your organization as a potentially good fit for them personally and professionally. The LGBTQ community in particular will often prefer an employer with great LGBTQ welcoming policies, benefits, and business practices over a competitor with less but a sexier role. They want to know that the prospective employer values them, their skills and the unique perspective they hold. It has been proven time and again that companies that whole embrace diversity financially thrive.Sure, they want to be valued and have a great career path, but when push comes to shove being valued authentically wins hand down. This means that no matter the size of the organization, or the roles you offer, building your culture matched with supporting policies and benefit is key to attracting and creating top LGBTQ talent.

You are Awesome. Are Candidates Aware?

In the 14 Ways to Support LGBT Employees article I described the differences between diversity, inclusion and being welcoming as:

A simple analogy is:

  • Diversity is being invited to a party.
  • Inclusive is while at the party, a cute person asks you to dance.
  • Welcoming is dancing like you have no cares in the world and no one is watching. Dang, check out those moves!
  • World-class is you inspire everyone to jump up to dance just as openly and boldly.
  • Everyone raves what an amazing party it is. Selfies are snapped and shared. It goes viral on social media. Your brand becomes the hottest epic party.

What is Employer Branding

Employer branding is the company’s reputation in the job market. It influences whether candidates view the employer as a “preferred employer”. This will ultimately make them decide whether to apply to the job position, or not. The right employee value proposition can thus make or break a hiring situation. Employee value proposition (EVP) is nothing but what you are offering your potential future employees—good culture, LGBTQ friendly policies, benefit and practices (which can include inclusive supplier diversity, inclusive marketing, political donations a d more), emploer perks (tuition reimbursement, etc), competitive compensation, work-life balance, community I volvement(sponsoring LGBTQ no -profits and businesses, if there is an LGBTQ employee resource group and it’s activities (such as outtings, mentorship, participation in Pride, etc) and more.

What OutBüro has found is that even those employer who are generally know as great employers for LGBTQ have extremely poor visibility of all their activity and efforts. Meaning they have poor Employer Branding targeting LGBTQ canidates. We searched and searched for Company X plus LGBT and many variations seeking employer positive content as a candidate might and usually found very little and in most cases nothing at all. So, how are candidates supposed to know? Effective employer branding speaks to and reaches the target candidates. For LGBTQ candidates, OutBüro is your best choice. Although a fairly new company the founder of OutBüro, Dennis Velco, has over 12 years serving, reaching, and building the LGBTQ professional community. The OutBüro site is your tool to consolidate your employer branding message, demonstrate all you do today while on your path to maturity as an employer. Communicate your messages, engage with business owners, industry professionals and potential candidates. We are here to help and guide through our professional consulting services directly or as needed through our approved network.

Getting the right people to apply not only optimizes recruiters’ efforts and hiring costs but also improves later-on new hire engagement. But this process begins much before the recruiter even sees the candidate profile or meets him or her. It starts at the employer branding stage.

Continuing with the party analogy, Employer Branding is:

  • The idea to have a party
  • The planning, and preparation, cooking the food on the grill, getting the drink station set up, setting up the sound system and getting the music linned up (will there be a live DJ or streaming music), cleaning the house and pool, ensuring enough supplies all around (plates, cups, utensils, ice, napkins, toilet paper, garbage bags, etc), setting up additional seating, dramatic lighting, and depending on your party the list could continue.
  • Plan for parking, clean up, and more.
  • Inviting all the guests, extending it to their choice of plus one or more. You might want to notify the neighbors.
  • Being ready to ask a rude part guest to leave.

So let’s delve into that in case it’s not clear. Opening your doors as a business and choosing to focus on being conscious of your efforts to be an employer that embraces diversity is the idea to have the party.

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What Does a Professional Social Media Director Do?

This is the first in a series of dialogs with Justin Buchbinder, the Director of Social Media at FINN Partners describes what his role is, how he grew in his career, how social media is a great equalizer where everyone has the same ability and his role with his clients.

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FINN Partners is a global marketing agency that primarily serves the mid to large client market with a full suite of services with over 850 professionals around the globe.

Justin is an OUT #LGBTQ professional who values sharing is wide and deep knowledge with the OutBüro #LGBT professional and #entrepreneur community so that #gay, #lesbian, #bisexual, #transgender, and #queer business owners and community organizations may excel at creating effective #SocialMedia champagnes on any budget that is measurable and effective.

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  • 00:30 Overview of Finn Partners #Marketing Agency
  • 02:20 How did you become a Social Media Director?
  • 03:00 Social media was love at first sight
  • 03:30 To be a Social Media Specialist you need to hang on and keep pace
  • 04:30 Social media is an equalizer everyone can leverage no matter size or budget
  • 05:20 Realist photography is a new trend – showing everyday people
  • 05:40 Align social media to support the business goals and right metrics
  • 07:00 Social media is not a piece of the pie. It should be another layer of the whole pie.
  • 08:00 The average American spends 2 hours a day on social media

001 – OutBüro Podcast Introduction with Dennis Velco

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A personal overview of the podcast focus and direction while seeking your topic suggestions, feedback, and guest recommendations. I provide my personal WHY this is so important to me and hope you will find inspiration and insights to grow as an LGBTQ professional, entrepreneur, and organization. Subscribe to the podcasts and join us on www.OutBuro.com

We’ll chat with LGBTQ entrepreneurs about their inspiration, strategy, startup journey, successes balanced with insights from lessons learned.

We will be exploring way to launch, grow and expand your business from many perspectives.

OutBüro – Be inspired. Let’s chat, share, learn, and grow together. In each episode, we’ll have casual and informative conversations with interesting LGBTQ professionals spanning a wide range of fields.

Non-profits are a huge part of our community so we will chat with non-profit leaders about their organizations, their focus, and goals, successes, operational effectiveness, needs, and challenges.

We’ll also talk with leaders in Diversity and Inclusion consultants on creating safe and welcoming workplaces from an outside best practices view as well as corporate HR and D&I directors highlighting Successes and opportunities in their workplace for LGBTQ employees along with customers and clients.

Wil also have chats community allies across many sectors who strive to work with and promote the values of diversity.

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OutBüro, let’s chat, share, learn, grow, and be inspired together. In each episode, we’ll have casual and informative conversations with interesting LGBTQ professionals will chat with LGBTQ entrepreneurs about their inspiration strategies, startup journey, successes and balanced with insights from lessons learned. We’ll also talk with leaders in diversity and inclusion and community allies across many sectors. Please subscribe to the podcast and join the online community at out bureau calm that’s o ut buro.com

Hi there, this is Dennis Velco with OutBüro – o u t b u r o .com.

I wanted to take a little bit of time just to carve out here in the first episode of out barrows new podcast, which I am super, super excited about and give you a little bit of information as to why and how and so forth because, you know the how and really the why of it rather, as you’ll tell all of the episodes coming forward will be completely unrehearsed and unscripted. And you know, that’s part of what makes each of us unique and interesting is, it’s not that we’re all perfect, but that, you know, we have our little stumbles and our struggles and so forth and in your professional career. You might have started off in one direction. And through happenstance, it’s taken you into a whole new field. And so we’re wanting to explore that, as well as all of the aspects of entrepreneurialism.

And we’ll be getting that to that here in just a moment, but some of the background on inspiration. So now nearly 12 years ago at this point, as you’ll see, the date on this podcast is May 27, 2020, literally 12 months ago, sorry, 10 to 12 years ago, I launched the very first group on LinkedIn that would there was no Create button. And for it, I actually had to contact LinkedIn in order to start the group and through the course of the dialogue, through an email exchange with their Support ticketing system and so forth.

They agreed to start the group after I had put forth you know, like a whole page Use Case as to why it was important and so forth. And they agreed, did not know who to go to in the LGBT community. And I was the one bringing this and I’ve, you know, said, Hey, you know, well, if you’ll assign me as the administrator and moderator to it, I’ll take it on. And you know, just like growing a business and or growing your career, it, there was no blueprint back then for growing a LinkedIn group. And that group has been and still remains the largest LGBTQ professional and entrepreneurial group on LinkedIn.

As of right now, there are over 46,300 Global members. And I’m so proud of that. It’s It’s hard. It’s flows, and so forth. And I’m still constantly learning from the group members, what’s effective, and so forth. And so this podcast is going to also be a great opportunity for me to learn and through the course of those 12 years. So far of doing that on LinkedIn, I have had so many incredible conversations with group members, people who have reached out to me or something in their profile intrigued me, and maybe I had initiated the introduction calls and so forth. And so you know, finally you know, I’ve been building the OutBüro – o u t b u r o .com site for now, we’ll just say longer, longer than I would like to admit right now. But, you know, again, as entrepreneurs, especially like me, it’s A bootstrap startup company of one at this particular moment, doing everything and so forth myself. You know, sometimes we, we have struggles in the sense of, you know, what’s important and what do we need to focus on? And how are we going to connect with our audience, our customers, our students, our employees, and so forth? There are just so many potential facets. And, you know, these conversations that I have had with individuals throughout the years and especially over the last 12 months have just been inspirational to me what people are doing with their careers and with their businesses, and so finally, came upon some tools that make it somewhat easy. If you’re seeing what this is initially hosted on is a FM makes it very easy to do podcasts and broadcast to many platforms. And eventually, as this grows, perhaps it might graduate to a different platform, but that’s part of the journey, right, is utilizing what you have in front of you, and understanding your why and managing that group on LinkedIn. Because it just had to be there Damn it right it just had to be there. That was part of my case to LinkedIn. You know, you’re the largest platform for professionals and you know, dang it, you threw me in a university group because that was on my profile and I really need to be in the LGBT group because it needs to exist and you know, some, whatever your passion is, is kind of at the heart of what I’d like to discover and in bringing on guests on to the show is have them share They’re wise, why do they do what they do? Why are they passionate about it? What are their successes? What are some lessons learned maybe some tidbits and golden nuggets that we all can grow from. And, you know, I forget who who said it. So, you know, please put in the comments or something where this quote comes from, but there’s a quote out there in the universe that, you know, a wise person learns from the mistakes and or the lessons of another. And so, hopefully, this podcast will will do that. It’ll also hopefully bring some visibility and light to the community. For example, one of our early guests was born and raised in India. And so I know that in the LinkedIn group, I have members from India And members from other countries where they’re not as free to be themselves as we are in some of our, you know, Rainbow and gay unicorn cities that we might live in throughout the Western world. So I see this as an opportunity. For myself, I’m already having those conversations, right? I’m already doing it. So might as well put it into a podcast form, so that more people than just myself are hearing those conversations, and we all can benefit from it. So let me get into just a little bit now that of course, you could do is probably completely unscripted, which hopefully and by design, most of the conversations you know, we’ll have bullet points of what you know, we want to cover but you know, 99% of it will be completely unscripted. And so then there is even one person I’m booking her early that in addition to being a mental health therapist, she is also a stand up comic. So I’m very much looking forward to all of these conversations and bringing them to you. So just as a bit of information, so hopefully you will stay tuned and you will subscribe which I’ll give you all the places where you can subscribe to this podcast here in just a few moments. Wanting to give you a brief overview, and that is the outro podcast is about being inspired. Reaching and communicating, chatting, sharing, learning and growing together, in each episode, will be striving to have very casual and informal, yet informative conversations with interesting LGBTQ professionals spanning a wide range of fields. As I like to say I unison People will say, Oh, well you’re focused on the professionals. You know, and well, what does that mean? To me? If you’re working, you’re a professional, right? Even if you’re a professional dog walker, or you know you have a cleaning business and so forth, I strive to and or maybe you are a professional rocket science scientist at NASA, wouldn’t that be an interesting conversation about them and their life as a potentially out or not out, scientist and so forth. So Anywho, that’s a bit about what we’re going to be striving to get to when it comes to professional is people who have had careers and are on their way to career and, but hopefully those who have made it to some level of success in their professional life, so that they can talk about, you know, how they made it and their journey as an LGBTQ community member within that profession. Okay, so for example, there are many professions where being LGBTQ, even, you know, in very, you know, LGBT friendly, some have supposedly countries and so forth, it’s still within those industries can be very difficult. So those are definitely the kinds of people that I would love to get onto this program to talk about, maybe you know, what they’re doing in their own profession, but you know, even maybe, perhaps, what are they doing, if it pertinent, within a professional association, an LGBT professional association to further and advance the profession. And while you happen to be LGBTQ, right, we’ll also be chatting with LGBTQ entrepreneurs, about their Why Why are they hitting this? You know, what sparked their interest? You know, what was their inspiration? Whatever that might have been? What are the kinds of strategies that they are applying to their business to, you know, do that, that startup to grow the business to get the funding that they need to capture the clients and the customers and so forth, their marketing strategies and all of that good stuff, you know, how are they dealing? How do they get angel investing and venture capitalists and so forth to invest in their business or, you know, that small business loan and so forth? You know, so what was their total? What was their startup journey, as well as you know, talking about their successes, and balancing that with the insights of lessons learned, every single entrepreneur out there has made, you know, countless mistakes and so forth that, you know, hindsight is 2020 and, you know, that they personally have learned from so this is going to be an opportunity Ready to delve into some of those lessons learned from their own personal mistakes and so forth and help bestow that information on to all of us. So that we hopefully can learn from that, and not make those same mistakes and grow our business is, you know, a bit wiser from them being so generous and sharing that and being vulnerable as well, you know, it’s not always great to share those vulnerabilities will be also exploring ways to again, launch and grow and expand your business, again, from the many perspectives of entrepreneurs and community, nonprofit leaders and so forth who have, you know, done that been there and so forth and have that wisdom to share. And, of course, you know, in all regards to that, so mentioning nonprofits, you know, it’s a huge part of the LGBT community. So You know, we’ll be chatting with nonprofit leaders about their organizations. How were they started? Why were they started? What do they focus on? What kinds of, you know, goals? Do they have, again, similar to the entrepreneurs on the for-profit side? What have been their successes, their operational effectiveness? You know, what are some of the systems and practices and so forth that they have implemented in order to achieve what they have achieved? How do they go about, you know, funding? Is that grants is that corporate sponsorships? How do they do that we’d all love to know? And also, you know, what are some of the needs that they have, giving it also the platform and talking about that has given them the opportunity to also, you know, ask all of the listeners and folks on the website and then the little LinkedIn group, you know, if need be for, you know, a funding raise, and so forth. So, we’re also going to be expanding, you’re going to see it is going to be very diverse, very diverse, because that’s what I love. And I hope you’ll love it too. And, you know, if it’s only focus focused on one sector, you know, like LGBT nonprofits, well, you know, with that might have, you know, listenership and viewership, you know, sure, if it’s only focused on LGBT entrepreneurs, Well, sure, you know, there’s going to be listeners and so forth. But, you know, I, I’m taking the approach because there’s, you know, 46, you know, almost 46 and a half thousand global members in the group and they’re just not all nonprofit professionals. They’re just not all government employee professionals. You know, they’re just not all fortune 1000 level employees or just not all small business owners. You know, it’s Everything and their students as well. So, you know, it just makes sense that the out bureau podcasts, try to respect the diversity of its group members and followers and, you know, hopefully from all of this, you know, effort the that diversity in all of its totality will just continue to grow. So, with that, we’re going to be also talking with leaders in diversity and inclusion, looking at it from both sides. So bringing on inclusion and diversity consultants who their business and or their for-profit business or their nonprofit organizations, work with corporations and employers, giving them best practices and guidance and so forth to become better based on Best Practices lead Also, I’m hoping to have diversity and inclusion directors and HR directors who their job within the employer is to be the spearhead for those programs within their organizations. You know, so what kinds of things have they seen that work and you know, I’m hoping to attract you know, early very well, just a courageous probably corporations who value diversity and inclusion and would like to come on to the out bureau podcast to talk about, you know what they’re doing. But you know, I’m also going to ask them to as best as they can without getting, you know, their hand slapped internally, you know, to talk about the challenges, you know, let’s be real. It’s not easy. Because as leaders in those corporations trying to instill workplace cultures and values when you have, you know, thousands and thousands of employees who all bring their own unconscious biases and so forth, you know, to the workplace, it’s a damn difficult job. So, you know, I want to give, you know, the props and, you know, the accolades to those people who are taking on those challenges, because we’ll, we’ll save a lot of those kinds of conversations for when I have those particular people on board. I could get on a small soapbox here and get derailed. So we’re, again, we’re looking to have the the, you know, the casual and informative conversations, also with community allies. You know, we want diversity and inclusion as LGBT. You know, so staff working for employers. We want to champion out LGBT diversity inclusion as a community and individuals and organizations. But that also means that we have to respect and value diversity and inclusion. And that also means, you know, our heterosexual allies, you know, hey, you know, if you’re heterosexual, and you know, you are a community ally, and you’re doing something amazing within your employer, within your business, within your community, for the LGBT community, I would love to have you on the show. And, you know, talk about that, and, you know, talk about again, why being part of that community means you know, so much to you. So does that sound interesting? Chirp Chirp oh geez, I can’t hear you. So that’s where you’re going to need to, you know, put comments on whatever platform you’re listening to. And let me know. So I hope that sounds interesting to you because it certainly is interesting to me or I would not be dedicating so much time to this. So if you have a topic or an idea, a question even perhaps, put comments within all of the different applications that you might be listening to, and or go to the OutBüro – o u t b u r o .com. And under the more menu, up at the top, you’re going to see the contact us. And so there you will be able to provide, you know, an idea for a topic or a question that you might have that you would like me to strive to work into a future episode to answer for you. I’d very much appreciate that. So if you have recommendations for future guests, right now I am currently working on just booking the GS about eight or so people that I already have lined up. So that will keep me busy for at least a week or two. But we’ll be striving to expand that out as I grow. So if you have recommendations, please let us know even if that’s recommended in yourself, no problem with that whatsoever.

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Be an LGBTQ Entrepreneur – Reduce Startup Struggles with a Franchise

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We’ve all been there—a tough day on the job that makes us eager for a new opportunity. Those periods at work can be frustrating, leading our minds to wander, longing for the American dream. Whether you’re stuck in a cycle of routinely sifting through job openings or you’ve just come to the conclusion that you need a fresh start, the idea of becoming your own boss is a refreshing thought. It’s common and OK to be dissatisfied with corporate America, feeling like you’re meant for so much more.  You are reading this so YOU ARE MEANT FOR MORE.  Own that, explore your options and take action toward making a change.  A new opportunity might be on the horizon for you if you see it and seize it.  So let’s explore the reality of opening a small business and how a Franchise Consultant can help guide you to a successful investment of your time and resources and if an established proven business model cutting your startup learning curve and increasing your chances of business startup sucess is right for you .

A great reason to start your own business is a recent study found that even being perceived as LGBTQ can impact your ability to get hired, get promoted and even if hired the salary the employer decides you are worth is typically less than what they’d offer a perceived heterosexual.

America has an estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners as innovators, job creators, taxpayers, and providers of essential services that benefit our entire society. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender business owners are a vibrant, essential part of the small business engine that makes the U.S. economy run. That is why Franchise Connect Pro has partnered with OutBüro to help bring awareness and opportunities to the LGBTQ community.

Why owning a franchise may be the right choice for you

The truth about starting a small business

Many people looking to make a professional transition turn to starting their own business. Those who start a brand-new business offer unique products and services to the market, but the advantages of being an entrepreneur are usually exceeded by an overwhelming number of financial woes and time constraints.

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While we definitely admire the drive and passion needed to start your own business, this might not be the most fruitful avenue for you, as shown in these facts of the reality of starting a small business:

Starting a small business might not be a practical option for you to invest your time and resources into, but there is thankfully another way: franchise ownership.

Investing in a Franchise

With a successful model and established brand in place, aspiring business owners can find success by becoming franchisees. Not only is franchise ownership successful in terms of finances in many cases, but it is also beneficial for your overall happiness and satisfaction with your career, as shown in these stats as reported by Small Business Trends.

  • 90% of franchise owners enjoy their business, and 85% positively support their franchisor.
  • Nearly 75% of franchisees would choose this path again if given the option.
  • Nearly 80% of franchise owners would recommend franchising with their brand to others.

If you’re a pizza lover, then you might think that owning a nationally recognized pizza chain will be the perfect opportunity for you, but that isn’t always the case. Your professional strengths and desires might be calling you to own a business in a different industry. Guidance in finding the perfect brand is where a Franchise Consultant can help.

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Making the Right Choice: Working with a Franchise Consultant

Your next step should not be a guessing game. Owning a franchise will be an investment of your time and money. When working alongside a Franchise Consultant, you’ll get intuitive advice and insight on what option is best for you and your family, factoring in your ideal schedule, income, and industry. A Franchise Consultant will carefully contemplate and evaluate your drive and passion, taking into consideration factors such as when you want to work, where you want to work, and what line of business you want to be in.

Pairing you with a franchise that’s the best match for your personal and professional needs, a Franchise Consultant will work alongside you to make the most of your next career path. And, much like working with a realtor to shop for a new home, working with a Franchise Consultant is no cost to you!

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LGBT Professional Associations

As in any profession, it is a good idea to be active in industry associations to further your education and networking for business and career advancement opportunities.  Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer persons can feel left out, discriminated against and sometimes shunned within mainstream associations.  LGBT professional associations step in to provide great peer networking, career, and business support, education, connect within the professional field and greater community and may lead to new opportunities.  Naturally, you should also strive to participate in the mainstream associations to ensure the best exposure and access to resources that the LGBT association may not have the ability to provide.  Typically the LGBT professional associations are in addition to the mainstream associations.

We’d like to consider this an active and growing list. If you are aware of an LGBT Professional Association not found below, we’d appreciate you using the Contact Us form and provide a link to their primary website so that we may review their info and potentially add them the resource list below.  As more organizations are identified and added from around the world be it local, state, national and global we will update the list format for navigation as it grows.

If you are an entrepreneur also check out LGBT Chambers of Commerce.


Global


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Over twenty-five years ago, our first event was held in Provincetown, Mass., and it included a handful of gay pilots who communicated by telephone and were discreetly identified by sporting an airplane on their shirts. At the time, members risked losing their job or being dishonorably discharged from the military if they were outed as gay. From that group, a national organization has evolved. Today, we reach over 4,000 members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community worldwide. Our members include recreational and commercial pilots, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, mechanics, airport managers, and other aviation professionals and enthusiasts from the United States and abroad. Annually, we organize for members two major social events, the second-largest pilots recruiting and hiring exposition in the U.S., as well as bring visibility and support to various Pride events across the country. The National Gay Pilots Association is the largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pilots, aviation professionals, and enthusiasts from around the world.

The NGPA mission statement is to build, support, and unite the global LGBT aviation community.
Through education, social events, and outreach programs we promote our primary organizational goals.
• ENCOURAGE members of the LGBT community to begin piloting careers.
      • FOSTER equal treatment of LGBT aviators through advocacy and outreach.
      • PROMOTE aviation safety.
      • PROVIDE an affirming social and professional network for LGBT aviators.
We host three major events each year that are attended by airlines scouting new talent

American College Personnel Association –
Coalition for Sexual and Gender Minorities
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The Coalition for Sexuality and Gender Identities (CSGI) is one of the Entity Groups within ACPA charged to increase awareness, eliminate oppression, and provide support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in higher education, for faculty, students, and staff. We strive to further professional competencies related to topics as campus climate, equity, identity development, research & scholarship, and program development for the LGBTQ community.

Core Values

Education- raising awareness and supporting research about identity development and hot topic issues for the LGBTQ community within higher education

Advocacy- work to create inclusive, equitable environments, to eliminate oppression and to influence student affairs policy for the LGBTQ community

Networking- providing space and a supportive environment for LGBTQ professionals to affirm and celebrate identity


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GLIFAA is a non-profit, voluntary, membership organization with no paid staff or officials.  Our membership consists primarily of personnel and family from the Department of State, USAID, Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, Peace Corps, and other federal offices and agencies with foreign affairs components.  A Board of Directors elected by the membership annually directs and carries out most of GLIFAA’s work.  They are aided by a network of Post Representatives in most U.S. embassies and missions abroad and in State Department offices in the U.S. beyond Washington, D.C.

Activities: GLIFAA engages continually with Washington officials on issues concerning our members.  We hold general meetings every month to consult and update the membership.  Monthly happy hours provide networking opportunities bringing together our members and people from like-minded organizations.  Other activities include Pride Month, our annual “Pink Party,” participation in seminars and briefings and organizing film and speaker events.

  • Accreditation for the LGBT+ families serving abroad;
  • Protection and promotion of equality for the Foreign Service National/Third Country National/Locally Employed LGBT+ staff; and
  • Development and effective implementation of LGBT+ training for all member agencies.

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Despite the strides made by the LGBTQ community in the last few decades, we still have a long way to go to ensure equality throughout the world. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Intersex Law Association is committed to providing information and policy ideas to advance our cause worldwide.

Are you interested in helping? If so, we would be happy to publish any information and updates on legal matters affecting the LGBTQ community.

Many different areas of law can affect members of the LGBT community. Some laws directly target the LGBT community by criminalizing all homosexual activity, while other regulations are tangentially related to LGBT rights. It is important to understand the extent to which LGBT lives are regulated around the world. Only then can efforts be undertaken to (a) support laws recognizing and protecting LGBT individuals and (b) eliminate laws criminalizing or reprimanding LGBT behaviors.


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In April 1993, twenty-five lesbian and gay judges and judicial officers met in suburban Washington, D.C. and formed the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges.

Those twenty-five persons came from California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York and Oregon.

The objectives of the Association adopted at that meeting were:

  • To provide an opportunity for judicial officers to meet and exchange views and to promote education among its members and among the general public on legal and judicial issues related to the gay and lesbian community.
  • To increase the visibility of lesbian and gay judicial officers so as to serve as role models for other lesbian and gay people and to bring to the attention of the general public the prominence of these judicial officers.
  • To aid in ensuring the equal treatment of all persons who appear in a courtroom, as a litigant, attorney, juror, staff person in any other capacity.
  • To coordinate the sharing of information between lesbian and gay judicial officers and others in the gay community or the general community.
  • To serve as a resource for other lesbians and gay men who are interested in seeking judicial office.

 


LGBT Meeting Planners Association

As a meeting professional, it is hard to connect with like-minded and like experienced people, especially when you have such a busy schedule. We make it easy by providing the largest network of meeting professionals. Membership includes quarterly e-newsletters, discounted event and annual conference tickets and access to educational webinars.

As our world expands, the need for LGBT meeting professional conferences has increased. We will connect you with a network of professionals, educational resources, and suppliers. With a Membership, you can receive discounted event and conference tickets.


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Lambda Literary nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.

Lambda Literary traces its beginnings back to 1987 when L. Page (Deacon) Maccubbin, owner of Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, DC, published the first Lambda Book Report. The Lambda Literary Awards were born in 1989.  At that first gala event, honors went to such distinguished writers as National Book Award Finalist Paul Monette (Borrowed Time), Dorothy Allison (Trash), Allan Hollinghurst (The Swimming Pool Library), and Edmund White (The Beautiful Room is Empty).

The purpose of the Awards in the early years was to identify and celebrate the best of lesbian and gay books in the year of their publication. The Awards gave national visibility to a literature that had established a firm if nascent beachhead through a network of dynamic lesbian and gay publishers and bookstores springing up across America. Lambda Book Report, meanwhile, grew into a comprehensive review periodical, and together LBR and the Lambda Literary Awards cemented the reality that a distinct, definable LGBT literature existed. Lambda Literary was created in 1997 as a 501(3)(c) corporation to officially host the Awards and LBR. It’s first Executive Director was Jim Marks.


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STATEMENT TO LGBTQ PEOPLE IN THE ACADEMY & OUR ALLIES: The mission of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education includes the provision of “education and advocacy regarding LGBTQ issues within the global academy and for the public at large.” We remain committed to such advocacy for the rights of LGBTQ people, inside and outside of the of the academy. We expect and will hold accountable our elected and appointed officials to be committed to the rights and equality of all Americans.


Astronomy and Astrophysics Outlist

As professionals in astronomy, whether we are students, faculty, staff, librarians or are working in other positions, we all like to believe that our work environment is determined only by our capabilities as students and researchers and that it is free from personal bias. A productive professional atmosphere depends on open and accepting interactions of individuals free from discrimination and harassment.

As openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other gender/sexual minority (LGBTQIA+) members of the astronomical community, we strongly believe that there is no place for discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference or gender identity/expression. We want to actively maintain and promote a safe, accepting and supportive environment in all our workplaces. We invite other LGBTQIA+ members of the astronomical community to join us in being visible and to reach out to those who still feel that it is not yet safe for them to be public.


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Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional society focused on LGBTQ people in the STEM community. With more than 75 student chapters at colleges/universities and professional chapters in cities across the United States and abroad, oSTEM is the largest chapter-based organization focused on LGBTQ people in STEM.

oSTEM Vision

We envision a world where LGBTQ people in the STEM community are empowered to achieve success in a safe and supportive environment that celebrates their diversity and unique contributions.

oSTEM Mission

oSTEM empowers LGBTQ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically, and professionally by cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership, and advocacy.


LGBTech is an organization of tech professionals dedicated to enriching a strong community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other awesome people.

Connecting LGBT professionals through fun networking events, providing access to and increasing visibility of LGBT industry leaders, facilitating professional opportunities and offering lectures as well as other content.  Promoting the provision of equal rights/perks for LGBT employees, working with companies to enable the creation of comfortable and safe working environments. Supporting side-lined members of our community and non-profit LGBT organizations with limited resources, through donations, mentoring partnerships and raising the profile of relevant and inspiring role-models.

 


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Founded in 1994, DOJ Pride serves as the Department of Justice’s recognized organization for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) employees and allies.  DOJ Pride works with agency leadership to identify and address key issues and areas affecting DOJ’s LGBT employees.  We offer regular social events and brown-bag lectures featuring leaders and experts in fields affecting the LGBT community.  We also serve as a resource for current and prospective employees.  Finally, we recognize and celebrate LGBT accomplishments and leaders both inside and outside the Department in our annual Pride Month Celebration and Award Ceremony.

As our members in cities across the nation prepare for Pride festivities, DOJ Pride wants to uplift the beauty and diversity of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community.  As the Department of Justice’s LGBTQ employee resource organization, we reaffirm our commitment that all individuals, regardless of whom they love or their gender identity or expression, be able to safely live authentic lives.  We believe this can only truly happen when individuals are able to live their lives free from discrimination and are seen and valued for who they are in all aspects of their lives, such as when applying for a job or going to work, when attending school, when visiting a healthcare provider, when serving our nation in the armed services, and when interacting with the criminal justice system.  To this end, we will continue to advance our mission of fostering community among LGBTQ employees and our allies and advocating for the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.


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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Congressional Staff Association is an official, non-partisan Congressional staff organization whose mission is to advance the interests of current as well as prospective members and the LGBT community at large. The LGBT CSA is dedicated to developing the careers of its membership and advocating on behalf of the LGBT community.

Our association is entirely volunteer-run, and our programming is funded entirely by our members.

“The LGBT Congressional Staff Association’s newly elected board of directors, with its strong diversity adding more bipartisanship and more people of color, reflects our commitment to ensuring all members of the LGBT community have a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive Hill family,” said Edmonson, incoming President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association.


GLMA – Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and healthcare providers.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) is the world’s largest and oldest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) healthcare professionals. GLMA was founded in 1981, as the American Association of Physicians for Human Rights, with the mission of ensuring equality in healthcare for LGBT individuals and healthcare professionals. Today, there is still considerable ignorance about LGBT health issues, with many assuming that LGBT health involves only HIV/AIDS. In fact, the full scope of the LGBT health agenda includes breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, access to care for transgender persons and other concerns.

Over the past three decades, GLMA has tackled many initiatives and projects. Early on, GLMA focused on HIV/AIDS and the issues faced by physicians coming out at work. As the climate and culture have changed, GLMA has become a leader in public policy advocacy related to LGBT health.

Originally open only to physicians, residents and medical students, in 2002, GLMA expanded its mission and now represents the interests of tens of thousands of LGBT health professionals of all kinds, as well as millions of LGBT patients and families. GLMA’s membership includes approximately 1,000 member physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, researchers and academics, behavioral health specialists, health profession students and other health professionals. Our members reside and work across the US and in several other countries. Their practices represent the major healthcare disciplines and a wide range of health specialties, including internal medicine, family practice, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, neurology and infectious diseases.


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The Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (SPSOGD) welcomes all those interested in psychological research, practice, education and training and advocacy on issues related to sexual orientation and gender diversity, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming and queer individuals and allies.

Div. 44 (SPSOGD) is committed to advancing social justice in all its activities. The Society celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming and queer people and recognizes the importance of multiple, intersectional dimensions of diversity including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, ability, age, citizenship, health status, language, nationality, religion and social class.

The Society seeks to be a vibrant and supportive home within the field of psychology for those interested in sexual orientation and gender diversity as well as other issues related to social justice. We support and mentor students, early career professionals and all members throughout their professional careers. We work collaboratively with other divisions and organizations on sexual orientation and gender diversity concerns to advance the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming and queer people locally, nationally and internationally.


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AGLP, this year celebrating its 40th anniversary, traces its roots to the late 1960’s when gay and lesbian members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) met secretly at the annual meetings. At that time, in most states, homosexuality could be used as cause for the loss of licensure to practice psychiatry.  After the now-infamous appearance by Dr. John Fryer In 1972, and the behind-the-scenes work of several members of what was then referred to as the GayPA, the APA removed homosexuality from their diagnostic manual (DSM). This allowed a more open association of lesbian and gay psychiatrists, who no longer had to fear for their jobs if they were found out to be gay.  Even today, the mission of providing support and a safe space for LGBTQ+ psychiatrists to meet continues to be important to many of our members. AGLP is the oldest association of LGBTQ+ professionals in the country.

AGLP is an independent organization from APA, but works closely with APA through LGBTQ+ representation on the APA Assembly (the LGBT Caucus of the APA), APA position statements, LGBTQ+ Committees of the DSM, the creation and staffing of an AIDS Committee, Awards, such as the Dr. John Fryer, M.D., Award, and research and advocacy of particular interest to the LGBTQ+ Community through our quarterly Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. AGLP offers an online referral service to those seeking LGBTQ+-friendly counseling, support, and psychiatric treatment.


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PRIDE Veterinary Medical Association (formerly known as the LGVMA) is the oldest professional organization that strives to promote acceptance, inclusivity, and leadership of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary medical students, of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations. We seek to do so through community development, professional advocacy, and individual empowerment.

PRIDE VMC confronts and rejects all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and bias whether it be implicit or outright. Such forms include, but are not limited to, those based on race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender presentation, size, age, parental status, religion, political beliefs, geographic, socioeconomic, and educational background.

  • Fight discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the veterinary medical profession.
  • Build collaborative networks for the LGBTQ+ veterinary medical community.
  • Support LGBTQ+ students in veterinary medicine through mentorship, program development, and scholarships.

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We are a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals that works to promote justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community.

The LGBT Bar provides programming for LGBT and ally legal professionals such as our national lecture series, corporate counsel institute, and the annual Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair. Additionally, the organization hosts networking events, works with special interest attorney groups and creates advocacy resources for the LGBT and ally community.

The LGBT Bar aspires to improve the quality of life for LGBT legal practitioners until the time that LGBT legal professionals are recognized without discrimination, stigma or negative bias.

The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

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Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.

Mission and History
In April 1989, the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) mandated that ASNE conduct its first-ever survey of LGBT journalists in American newspapers. In April 1990, Roy Aarons presented the results of the landmark survey, Alternatives: Gays and Lesbians in the Newsroom, at ASNE’s national convention in Washington, D.C. and simultaneously came out publicly.

NLGJA’s Goals

  • Enhance the professionalism, skills and career opportunities for LGBTQ journalists.
  • Strengthen the identity, respect, and status of LGBTQ journalists in the newsroom and throughout the practice of journalism.
  • Advocate for the highest journalistic and ethical standards in the coverage of LGBTQ issues.
  • Collaborate with other professional journalist associations and promote the principles of inclusion and diversity within our ranks.
  • Provide mentoring and leadership to future journalists.

American Historical Society – Committee on LGBT American History Association - LGBT Committee - OutBuro LGBT Employer Reviews Rating Gay Professional Network Lesbian Business Networking Diveristy Recruiting Jobs Company Queer

To promote the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history by facilitating communication among scholars in a variety of disciplines working on a variety of contexts, periods, and cultures. The CLGBTH publishes newsletters, runs a mentoring program, and sponsors sessions on LGBTQ history at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. It encourages the development of specialized courses as well as the inclusion of LGBTQ content in general history courses. It promotes local history archives and projects and coordinates activities with other professional caucuses. CLGBTH also seeks to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ historians, in keeping with AHA policies.


National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical ProfessionalsNational Organization of LGBT Scientist and Technical Professionals - OutBuro Employer Reviews Rating Gay Network Lesbian Business Networking Diveristy Recruiting Jobs Company Queer

We realize those are a lot of words to say in one breath, so feel free to refer to us by our acronym, NOGLSTP. Pronounce it like this: “nah’-goal-step”.

We are scientific and technical professionals who earn our livings in the fields of: materials science biomedical engineering geography archeology neurobiology meteorology oceanography medical technology physics electrical engineering biochemistry zoology psychobiology computer science epidemiology microbiology environmental science linguistics chemistry mechanical engineering science education sociology astronomy botany molecular biology anthropology law aerospace engineering science policy physiology ecology patent law geology health professions mathematics and more!

We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and allies. Those of us who are able, are out and proud. We advocate equal employment opportunity, professional networking, role modeling, science education, and scientific freedom/responsibility. We practice science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with PRIDE.

We empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support.

We educate all communities regarding scientific, technological, and medical concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.


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Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ union members and their allies. We are an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO(American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community to further social and economic justice. From our national office in Washington, DC, we coordinate and support more than 20 Chapters across the country.

We seek full equality for LGBTQ Workers in our workplaces and unions. We work towards creating a Labor Movement that cherishes diversity, encourages openness, and ensures safety & dignity. We aim to educate the LGBTQ Community about the benefits of a union contract for LGBTQ working people and to build support and solidarity for the union movement in the LGBTQ community.

We organize in the spirit of the union movement’s historic motto, “An Injury to One is An Injury to All.” We oppose all forms of discrimination on the job and in our unions based on sex, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, race, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, religion or political views.


NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their AlliesNational Association of Gay and Lesbian Addiction Professionals - OutBuro LGBT Employer Reviews Rating Network Business Networking Diveristy Recruiting Jobs Company Queer

NALGAP is a membership organization founded in 1979 and dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer communities. NALGAP’s mission is to confront all forms of oppression and discriminatory practices in the delivery of services to all people and to advocate for programs and services that affirm all genders and sexual orientations. NALGAP provides information, training, networking, and advocacy about addiction and related problems, and support for those engaged in the health professions, individuals in recovery, and others concerned about the health of gender and sexual minorities.

Over the years, NALGAP has been the one constant, national and international voice for LGBTQ needs in the areas of prevention, substance abuse, alcoholism and other addictions. Through newsletters, conferences, training, and perseverance by volunteer Board members. NALGAP has kept alive the push to make this a safer, healthier world for LGBTQ people. NALGAP has been a major referral source, a disseminator of information, an educator. Most important of all, NALGAP has been the national and international voice of conscience that advocates for all those lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who have been injured by substance abuse, addiction, and discrimination.


National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP)National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals - OutBuro LGBT Employer Reviews Rating Network Business Networking Diveristy Recruiting Jobs Company Queer

Established in 2007, The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) is a mission-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is part business and part advocacy.

On a business level, the 2,000+ members of NAGLREP share an LGBT and allied REALTOR referral network, in addition to providing our services to over 75,000 LGBT and non-LGBT home buyers and sellers visiting our website each month. Our referral network also includes mortgage professionals, title agents, insurance agents, commercial agents, home inspectors,  trainers, educators, etc.

The advocacy mission of NAGLREP is to advocate on behalf of the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community as it relates to housing and discrimination laws. Specifically, this will require NAGLREP to initiate action and encourage existing efforts amongst the civil rights community, local and state Realtor Associations, and the National Association of Realtors to support fair housing for the LGBT community. NAGLREP is a stakeholder at HUD.

Use of the NAGLREP professional directory is completely automated and no specific company or specific professional is favored in the search results. We recommend all visitors to NAGLREP.com searching for a professional utilize our user-friendly search located on our home page in the blue box at the top right corner titled “Find a Real Estate Professional” and select the professional that best suits their needs based on the title, country, state, and city.


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The National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI) is mandated by the NASW Bylaws. The Committee reports on a regular basis to the NASW Board of Directors on matters of policy and shall coordinate with the Program Committee on activities related to the program.  It develops, reviews, and monitors programs of the Association that significantly affect gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.

The Committee was originally created as the Task Force on Gay Issues in January 1976. In 1979, the Task Force was restructured as an authorized committee of the Association. The NASW Board of Directors subsequently formed the National Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues at its June 1982 meeting. The words “Bisexual and “Transgender” were added by the Delegate Assembly in 1996 and 2005 respectively. The Committee was established to enable NASW to further the cause of social justice by promoting and defending the rights of persons suffering injustices and oppression because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.


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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender information and access needs of individuals at large. We are committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table provides its members, other American Library Association divisions, members, and affiliates, and the library and information science field as a whole with a forum for discussion and an environment for education and learning regarding the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender professional community and population at large.


Society of American Archivists’ Lesbian and Gay Archives Roundtable


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The Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA), formerly known as the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA), is a section of the American Anthropological Association and was founded in 1988. AQA serves the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer and allied anthropologists in the American Anthropological Association. AQA promotes anthropological research and education on homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender/transsexuality, and other sexual and gender identities and expressions, and their intersections with race, class, disability, nationality, colonialism, and globalization. AQA supports and encourages a diverse membership within the AAA and actively seeks to increase that diversity along lines of race, class, disability, nationality, gender, sexuality, and other forms of social difference.


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The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Alliance (LGBTQ Alliance) of the American Alliance of Museums provides a forum for communication and dialogue and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and inquiry with particular respect to sexual orientation and gender identity within museums.

The LGBTQ Alliance facilitates transgender, queer, gay, lesbian, and bisexual visibility by promoting and enhancing awareness, understanding, and acceptance regarding museum-related LGBTQ issues. Its focus includes both internal needs and opportunities including staff, leadership, and organizational structure, and external, stakeholder-related work ranging from visitor amenities and messaging to programs and collections. The network serves as a visible and accessible safe space for museum professionals who identify as LGBTQ or allies. We welcome AAM members of all sexual orientations and gender identities and encourage involvement across the organization in promoting museums that include LGBTQ voices at every level.


LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network

The LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s mission is to improve the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) patients in palliative care settings by promoting patient outreach, patient advocacy, educatio, and research. In addition, we aim to provide a supportive infrastructure for faculty development among LGBT-identified palliative care providers.

The LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s mission is consistent with AAHPM’s mission to expand access with quality end-of-life care to all, to promote education and research, to develop clinical practice standards, to create a supportive infrastructure for the growth of an inclusive and diverse palliative care workforce and finally to impact public policy by advocating for all patients. Like the AAHPM, we seek to expand the field and increase access to hospice and palliative care through increased awareness, quality care, education, scientific advancement and evidenced-based medicine


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The Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns and the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division (collectively and informally referred to as NCA GLBTQ) are integral and active parts of the National Communication Association. Officially formed in 1978 and 1997 respectively, these two units have worked side by side in the expansion of GLBTQ issues across communication scholarship and within the political activities of NCA.

The Division is the academic arm of NCA GLBTQ. Its central concern is promoting scholarship and academic inquiry on topics relevant to GLBTQ communication. This scholarship is wide-ranging and reflects the diverse research interests of its members. The Caucus (historically, the older of the two organizations) is the political action arm of NCA GLBTQ. It ensures that the policies and actions of the larger association are equitable and considerate of GLBTQ members. While these two groups function as separate entities within NCA, their membership and work is frequently interrelated.


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The GLBTSA Focus Group serves to provide a networking opportunity for persons conducting LGBT focused research, or people who are LGBT or allies. Additionally, the focus group provides an opportunity for brainstorming and planning of future conference submissions that promote the inclusion of LGBT research and practice interests at NCFR.

  • Access the latest and the best in research and practice. That’s what you’ll find in each issue of NCFR’s academic journals, fundamental sources for professional growth.
  • Network for career advancement. Established scholars and practitioners are great contacts for up-and-coming students and professionals. Mentoring and collaborative relationships are a natural result of NCFR membership.
  • Present and publish. The NCFR annual conference and the journals provide major presentation and publication options.
  • Learn best practices and gain professional resources. The information you need to know about teaching, serving families, and reaching out in the community is available on the NCFR website and from your fellow members. You’ll learn and share ideas through online discussion groups, newsletters, and more.

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The NEA-GLBTC, in order to eliminate institutional discrimination and homophobia, monitors and participates in the development of NEA policies and activities, provides resources and fosters better communication among educators, students, and communities.  The National Education Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus was founded in the 1980s by a handful of NEA Members seeking to provide a means of professional support for gay and lesbian colleagues. The website is designed to provide information and resources to the over 3 million members of the NEA who work each day to facilitate relevance and rigor to America’s Public Schools. The NEA GLBTC works to provide educators, education support professionals, and students, with safe schools free of anti-GLBT bias and intolerance, and to provide sound education programs for all students.


Women In Medicine

Medical education and networking for lesbian physicians and medical students since 1984.  Through its annual retreats, WIM provides cutting-edge continuing medical education for lesbian and other sexual minority female physicians. The yearly conference is a forum for discussion of front-line research on women’s health issues, as well as lesbian, bisexual, gender-queer and transgender women’s issues. There also are non-medical seminars of interest to all, as well as rejuvenating social opportunities for children and adults alike. Essential networking and mentoring opportunities abound, with a special focus on the needs of medical students and residents.


Alabama


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The mission of the Association of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL) is…

To promote greater awareness and understanding of sexual minority issues among members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations.

To develop, implement and foster interest in charitable, scientific and educational programs designed to further the human growth and development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients and communities.

To protect from harm LGBT individuals by language, stereotypes, myths, misinformation, threats of expulsion from social and institutional structures and other entities, and from beliefs contrary to their identity.

To provide educational programs and resources to raise the standard of practice for all counselors who serve LGBT clients and communities.

 


Alaska


Arizona


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The mission of the Arizona LGBT Bar Association is to provide a strong leadership presence of and for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the Arizona legal profession and in the community at large.

We are committed to community, visibility, and equality through education, legal advocacy, and participation in political, civic, and social activities.


Arkansas


California


Capital LGBTQ Association

The Capitol Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Association exists to facilitate the professional development of LGBTQ-identified staff of the California State Capitol community. We work to recruit LGBTQ capitol staff, provide for their retention, and offer professional mentorship. We educate other California State Capitol community members on issues affecting or related to the LGBTQ community. We also provide networking opportunities for LGBTQ Capitol staff.
The Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. Donations to the Association are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Any individual who has an expressed interest in public policy within the California State Capitol and is, or desires to be, engaged in the statewide public-policymaking process is welcome to join and attend our events.


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SacLEGAL, Sacramento’s LGBT Bar Association, is comprised of attorneys, professionals and legislative advocates affiliated with the Sacramento County Bar Association. Our mission is to promote equality for members of the LGBT community through strong leadership, legislative advocacy, education, and participation in civic and social activities within the legal community and community at large.

Forum and Network: To provide a forum and network for members of the legal community and others who are interested in securing the human and civil rights of LGBT individuals; to evaluate candidates for judgeships.

Legal Rights: To defend and expand the legal rights of LGBT people to ensure equality, and to secure for LGBT individuals basic human and civil rights, such as the right to be free from discrimination.

Education: To educate the LGBT community in Sacramento County about their legal rights; to educate the community at large about the legal rights of LGBT individuals; to be available to judges, government officials, and others for advice regarding issues affecting the LGBT community.

Programs and Activities: To implement activities and programs of particular interest to LGBT individuals within the legal community.

 


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The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual

and

Transgender (LGBT) Committee is dedicated to educating the SDPA membership, mental health professionals, and the community of San Diego about LGBT issues.  The Committee continues to increase awareness, and provide counseling and support to the San Diego community.  They serve as a liaison between the SDPA and the LGBT communities, providing updates and discussion of the issues involved in the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.  The Committee is a resource for those practitioners who work with LGBT clients and HIV-infected individuals.


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The Tom Homann LGBT Law Association is dedicated to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation. We are also the place for San Diego’s GLBT lawyers to network, build friendships and develop their careers. THLA members are also committed to establishing and maintaining personal connections with local law student community. Through our successful mentor program, we provide encouragement, guidance, insight and friendship.

Our annual events include our Awards Dinner, Networking events, Law Student Receptions, and participation in LavLaw, the nation’s largest conference for GLBT legal issues.


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Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) is the nation’s oldest and largest association of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in the field of law. Founded in 1980, BALIF represents its members’ interests in the wider San Francisco Bay Area. BALIF members and supporters include San Francisco Bay Area judges, lawyers, law students and legal workers.

BALIF was founded to encourage LGBT legal professionals to apply to become judges. At the time there were no openly LGBT judges. Today there are many!

BALIF also started the organization that grew to become the now-independent AIDS Legal Referral Panel, which has provided free and low-cost legal assistance to over 72,000 people since it was founded in 1983.

Today, BALIF’s mission has expanded. The group takes action on questions of law and justice that affect the LGBT community; strengthens professional and social ties among LGBT members of the legal profession; builds coalitions with other legal organizations to combat all forms of discrimination; promotes the appointment of LGBT attorneys to the judiciary, public agencies and commissions in the Bay Area; funds scholarships for LGBT laws students and fellowships for public interest lawyers working on LGBT issues, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information of concern to members of the LGBT legal community. BALIF also submits amicus briefs in cases affecting the LGBT community, sponsors resolutions to the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations provides LGBT-focused continuing legal education opportunities and endorses candidates for judicial offices and legal elected positions.


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LGBT Bar LA was founded in 1979 under the original designation, Lawyers for Human Rights in deference to social pressures of the day and professional concerns of some of its members. In earlier years, many gay and lesbian attorneys were confronted with blatant discrimination based on their sexual orientation, whether it was perceived or real. So it made sense that thirty years ago, the association chose a name that suited the group’s goals but did not include the words gay or lesbian.” In the 1990s, the association adopted the acronym name LHR: The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association as a transition from the association’s historic title to a more out-of-the-closet name that would more adequately express the ongoing struggle for equality and celebrate the hard-fought freedoms that our community was beginning to enjoy. That transition is now complete.

On October 19, 2002, at its Twenty-First Annual Dinner LHR: The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association announced that it had adopted a new name: The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, which would also become known by a more pride-filled acronym tag LGLA. The name change was approved by a vote of the membership and adopted by the Board of Governors to better reflect who the members of the association are and what the association does. As then Co-President C. Abigail Dees stated, “This momentous decision to change our name did not come easily. The name Lawyers for Human Rights became so much more than what was likely ever envisioned. But we are now, at long last, coming out!”


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he Sonoma County Bar Association is proud to announce the formation of a new section: The LGBT Law Section!

This section will focus on education regarding legal issues impacting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, such as: tax implications from the pending Supreme Court’s decisions regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, harassment in the workplace and/or on school campuses, adoptions and marriage/domestic partner dissolutions, community property, estate planning, real estate transactions and taking title, bankruptcy proceedings, criminal law and hate crimes, and many more topics.


Colorado


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The Colorado Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (“LGBT”) Bar Association is a voluntary professional association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students and allies who provide an LGBT presence within Colorado’s legal community.  We exist to promote the recognition of civil and human rights; promote sensitivity to legal issues faced by the LGBT community; assure the fair and just treatment of members of the LGBT community; provide opportunities for LGBT attorneys, judges, and law students and allies to interact in a professional setting; build alliances with other diversity bar associations and legal organizations; and enhance the practice and professional expertise of lawyers who serve or who are members of the LGBT community.


Connecticut


Delaware


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The Section shall address issues that are of importance to attorneys with an interest in legal issues relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people.  The Section shall promote the objectives of the Delaware State Bar Association (the “Association”) within the context of professional development, community building, and the study of legal issues as it relates to the Section’s purpose and membership.  To that end, it shall be the purpose the LGBT Section to improve the public service rendered by its members in legal matters concerning the LGBT community, to promote the professional development and interests of its members, to provide education to all members of the Association and the Section about legal issues affecting the LGBT community, and to provide a common meeting ground for all attorneys who are interested in the purpose of the LGBT Section.


District of Columbia


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The mission of the LGBT Bar Association of DC is to advance the rights of persons in the LGBT community, to be their voice within the legal community, and to improve their professional lives.  Founded in 1990, the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia is an independent, non-partisan bar association serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in the national capital area. The LGBT Bar Association of DC works to advance the interests of the LGBT community, to be their voice within the legal community, and to improve their professional lives. An affiliate of the National LGBT Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association of DC acts in coalition with other local and national groups dedicated to LGBT concerns.

The LGBT Bar Association of DC’s advocacy and activities on behalf of the LGBT community include:

  • Raising issues of concern with officers and directors of the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar and other state and voluntary bars.
  • Sponsoring a Mentorship Program.
  • Recruiting and training volunteers to provide pro bono legal services for people living with HIV/AIDS through Whitman-Walker Clinic.
  • Co-sponsoring the D.C. Bar Candidates Forum and endorsing candidates for local bar offices and the judiciary.
  • Hosting continuing legal education programs, social activities and other membership networking events.
  • Sponsoring public forums on legal issues of concern to the LGBT community.

Florida


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  • To establish and maintain an integrated group to support, assist, and encourage gay and lesbian attorneys, legal professionals, and law students, and
  • To provide support and resources to the community at large on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) issues
  • Founded in 2004, Central Florida GALLA is a regional Voluntary Bar Association of The Florida Bar.
  • Central Florida GALLA is a qualified 501(c)(6) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code.
  • It is the objective of CFGALLA to establish and maintain an integrated group to support, assist, and encourage gay and lesbian attorneys, legal professionals, and law students, and provide support and resources to the community at large on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues.

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Florida Association of LGBT Lawyers & Allies, Inc. (“FALLA”) was founded in 2014 as a joint effort of LGBT attorneys throughout Florida to form a state-wide organization to augment the efforts of various regional LGBT voluntary bar associations.

FALLA provides continuing legal education seminars and presentations as well as social events to help foster and enhance the practice and study of law for LGBT lawyers, law students, judges, paralegals, and legal support services providers, and to stimulate friendships, referral relationships, and professional development for our members and allies in the community.

FALLA’s mission is to actively promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender expression equality and the leadership roles of FALLA’s members in the legal profession, judiciary, and community at large. To achieve these goals, FALLA will uphold the highest standard of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession, promote reform in law, and facilitate the administration of justice.


Georgia


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The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc. (“Stonewall”) is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Stonewall publishes an online Directory of Attorneys to help you locate the right lawyer to serve your needs.

For more information about upcoming events, view our Events page.

Are you a law student? See how becoming a law student member of Stonewall can be advantageous to you. Make contact with LGBT students at Georgia’s law schools on our Student page.


Hawaii


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Welcome to the Hawai`i LGBT Legal Association — Hawai`i’s first voluntary professional organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) judges, lawyers, legal workers, law students and allies supportive of the organization’s purposes.  

Establish and maintain a group to support, assist, and encourage LGBT legal professionals; and 

Provide support and resources to the people of Hawai`i on LGBT issues.

  • Promote the practice, expertise, and advancement of LGBT legal professionals;
  • Provide opportunities for LGBT and allied legal professionals to interact and network in   a professional setting;
  • Foster participation in pro bono activities supporting the LGBT community;
  • Work with LGBT organizations and community groups, as well as other minority bar   associations and community groups, to achieve human and civil rights for all people;
  • Educate the public on legal issues facing LGBT people;
  • Eliminate homophobia and transphobia in the justice system;
  • Encourage judicial and governmental appointment of those who oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression;
  • Encourage lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and people of transgender and other gender-based identities and expressions to choose law as a career;
  • Promote solidarity among LGBT people in the law;
  • Assure fair and just treatment of the members of Hawai`i’s LGBT community.

 


Idaho


Illinois


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LAGBAC is the association of LGBT legal professionals and allies of Chicago and the surrounding area.  LAGBAC is one of the largest and most well-respected LGBT bar organizations in the country.  Its members include lawyers, judges and other elected officials, law students, and other legal professionals.  Since 1987, LAGBAC has united and strengthened the LGBT legal community by:

  • providing its members vast social and networking opportunities;
  • presenting hundreds of hours-worth of continuing legal education;
  • granting scholarships to law students;
  • working with Lambda Legal, the Public Interest Law Initiative, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, and other organizations, to connect students with internships in their areas of interest;
  • offering mentoring to students and young lawyers; and
  • evaluating candidates for judicial office as a member of the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening.

Indiana

Iowa


Kansas


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Kansas City LEsbian, Gay, and Allied Lawyers (“KC LEGAL”) is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) membership association of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (“LGBT”) and allied legal community in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Law students, paralegals and other members of the legal profession are encouraged to become associate members.

KC LEGAL is a nonprofit bar association committed to promoting and supporting the advancement of LGBTQ rights and uniting those within the Kansas City community who advocate for equality and justice.

KC LEGAL is committed to:

  • Promoting equality and inclusiveness in the legislature and judiciary;
  • Creating opportunities for members of the LGBTQ professional and legal community to meet in a supportive and empowering atmosphere;
  • Supporting the next generation of LGBTQ legal professionals through scholarship opportunities and personal engagement; and
  • Providing resources supportive of justice and equality to those in and around the Kansas City community.

Kentucky


Louisiana


Maine


Maryland


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The LGBTQ committee functions as a section within the Maryland State Bar Association.


Massachusetts


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Founded in 1985, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (Mass LGBTQ Bar) is a voluntary state-wide professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lawyers and our allies, providing a visible LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community. 

The Mass LGBTQ Bar is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors elected by the general membership.  Two seats on the Board are designated specifically for transgender or genderqueer attorneys.  Law students, paralegals and other members of the legal profession are encouraged to become non-voting members of the association.  We are affiliated with the National LGBT Bar Association and have a seat in the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates.

Our work focuses on the following themes.  For more detailed information about what we do, please read about our Committees and Sections.

Justice.  Mass LGBTQ Bar promotes the administration of justice throughout Massachusetts for all persons without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Education.  Mass LGBTQ Bar educates the Massachusetts legal community about legal issues impacting the LGBTQ community, monitors emerging legal trends and participates in legislative hearings and judicial proceedings effecting members of our community.

Support.  Mass LGBTQ Bar promotes full and equal participation in the legal profession by lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people, and actively supports the appointment of qualified members of the LGBTQ community to the judiciary.  Through our Mentoring Program, Alec Gray Scholarship, and social events, we provide a professional and social support network for LGBTQ members of the Massachusetts legal community in all areas of professional practice.

Leadership.  Mass LGBTQ Bar provides an established, non-partisan, and vocal LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community; and encourages opportunities for leadership by LGBTQ lawyers in Massachusetts.


Michigan


There seems to be a Stonewall Bar Association of Michigan, however all searches and links come up misdirected or dry.  If you know of this organization, please use our Contact form and provide us a link to their main website and/or social media page so that we may include them.


Minnesota


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The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association (MLBA) is the primary Association of attorneys in Minnesota supporting the LGBT Community. MLBA was founded in 1996 as a special project of OutFront Minnesota’s Legal Program. The Association was started in response to the limited opportunities for LGBT lawyers and law students to network, learn together, and address homophobia within the profession. MLBA was reorganized in 1999 as an independent, 501(c)(6), organization, and is an affiliate member of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Since then, MLBA has successfully worked in collaboration with other organizations to expand LGBT equality. Some of these efforts include successfully challenging Minnesota’s “sodomy” law alongside the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, filing amicus curiae briefs challenging sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in federal and state court, and lobbying against attempts to amend Minnesota’s Constitution to ban the legal recognition of same sex couples. MLBA continues to advocate for fairness and equality for all Minnesota citizens through its partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and bar associations, its success being due to the volunteering efforts of MLBA members and its board of directors.

MLBA is an active and dynamic organization that builds community among members through quality educational programs, networking opportunities, and social events. MLBA proudly supports LGBT and allied efforts that promote equality and diversity in hopes of creating a community supportive of all professionals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.


Mississippi


Missouri


Montana


Nebraska


Nevada


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The LGBT Section mission is to further the knowledge of the members of the Section in LGBT issues; to assist the State Bar of Nevada in the development of the legislative program of the State Bar of Nevada pertaining to LGBT issues relating to all areas of the law; to assist, when called upon by the Board of Governors in the formulation, administration and implementation of programs, forums, and other activities for the education of members of the State Bar, governmental entities, and the community at large in LGBT issues and laws related thereto; to encourage all members of the State Bar of Nevada who practice in ares of the law involving LGBT issues to participate in the Section; to act upon all matters germane to its purposes as so describbed or referred to it by the Board of Governors; and to make recommendations to the Board of Governors.


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico


New Mexico Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association

If you know of this organization, please use our Contact form and provide us a link to their main website and/or social media page so that we may include them.


New York


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Focused on the greater New York metropolitan area, LeGaL is dedicated to improving the administration of the law, ensuring full equality for members of the LGBT community, promoting the expertise and advancement of LGBT legal professionals, and serving the larger community.
We are also committed to:

  • Educating the public on legal issues facing LGBT people;
  • Fostering membership participation in pro bono activities benefiting the LGBT community;
  • Eliminating homophobia and transphobia in the justice system;
  • Encouraging judicial and other governmental appointments of those who oppose discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Encouraging members of the LGBT community to choose law as a career; and
  • Promoting solidarity among members of the LGBT legal community.

Nevada


Nevada State Bar Association – LGBT Section

This organization at one time or still does have an LGBT Section.  However, the links on their website are broken and it says in the URL ” https://www.nvbar.org/member-services-3895/sections/lgbt-section__trashed/”


North Carolina


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We have been in existence since 1995, after approximately 50 North Carolina lawyers met with law students and representatives from lesbian and gay activist groups. As a result of this meeting, a statewide professional organization for North Carolina’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community was formed. Through its members and activities, this organization provides attorney referrals, visibility, and support for the LGBT community. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and we welcome the participation of our straight friends.


North Dakota


Ohio


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The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) Committee of the Columbus Bar Association seeks to bring together lawyers and legal professionals interested in the different facets of the LGBT community: those who represent members of the LGBT community, those who are members of the LGBT community, and those who share an interest in the laws and public policies related to the LGBT community. In an effort to better serve clients and the profession, the members of the LGBT Committee join together to share ideas and to update Columbus Bar members on topics of concern to all who participate in the field of LGBT law or deal with LGBT legal and public policy issues.

The LGBT Committee also seeks to create networking, social and mentoring opportunities and support systems within the LGBT law community to help committee members build successful and rewarding professional lives.


Oklahoma


Oregon


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Organization Purpose

  • To promote the fair and just treatment of all people under the law regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • To further the professional development and advancement of LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students
  • To offer social opportunities for LGBT lawyers, legal workers and law students
  • To identify and eliminate the causes and conditions of prejudice in our society
  • To educate the public, the legal profession and the LGBT community about legal issues affecting the LGBT community
  • To promote a spirit of unity, while valuing the diversity of our community

The purpose of this organization is also to increase the popularity of our common interests. We hope to add new members so we will be able to grow and expand. We also want to have fun while when we are together and working on projects. By developing relationships and friendships, the organization will become even stronger.


Pennsylvania


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The LGBT Rights Committee brings together lawyers, judges, law professors, law students, and other legal professionals interested in addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and advancing equality for sexual minority persons and their families. The Committee seeks to create educational, networking and mentoring opportunities for LGBT individuals and their allies. The Committee will monitor, make recommendations, and conduct educational programming on issues and developments in the law having an impact on LGBT people in the public and in the legal profession.


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Tennessee


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The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association is a not-for-profit corporation and its members include LGBT attorneys, paralegals, law students and other legal professionals, as well as their “straight allies” in the legal profession. Formed in 2010, the TN SBA provides support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lawyers and legal professionals working in Tennessee, especially those practicing in the greater Nashville area.

The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association is dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusion and civil equality both in Tennessee’s legal community and the state’s general population. There are several ways that the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals living in the state. In the past, the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association has hosted legal clinics in conjunction with Nashville’s gay pride festival to assist people with legal issues specifically affecting the local LGBT community. The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association also educates people of their rights by holding speaker events on various legislative bills that may impact the civil rights of lesbians, bisexuals, gays, and transgenders living and working in Tennessee. In addition to being active in the community, the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association also provides several benefits to its members. Members frequently attend the meetings held each quarter in order to network with one another and keep up-to-date on relevant and current legal events/cases. The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association also provides members a way to get involved in advocating for LGBT rights by bringing them together to write amicus briefs for appealed cases dealing with the civil rights of the LGBT community.

 


Texas


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They have a website yet it is currently experiencing issues.  Here’s a link to their Facebook pages >>  https://www.facebook.com/pg/AustinLGBTBarAssociation/

 


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The Dallas LGBT Bar Association is a sister bar association to the Dallas Bar Association. The Dallas LGBT Bar Association is composed of lawyers, law students, para-professionals, and related professional allies who share an interest in the laws that affect and protect the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

 

 

 


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SLAGH is a voluntary professional association of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally attorneys, judges, paralegals, and law students who provide an LGBT presence within the greater Houston legal community.

We welcome new members who share in our desire to encourage the recognition of civil and human rights, promote sensitivity to legal issues faced by the LGBT community and those living with HIV, assure the fair and just treatment of members of the LGBT community, provide opportunities for LGBT attorneys, judges, law students, and allies to interact in a professional setting, build alliances with other minority bar associations and legal organizations, and enhance the practice and professional expertise of lawyers who serve or are members of the LGBT community.


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The San Antonio LGBT Bar Association is a 501(c)(3) association of attorneys based in San Antonio, Texas. The LGBT Bar was officially established in 2016 for the purposes of promoting education on issues relating to LGBT law, providing a common forum for individuals interested in the legal issues of LGBT people, and raising the profile and acceptance of LGBT individuals in the legal community.

 

 


Utah


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LGBT & Allied Lawyers of Utah is a group of lawyers serving lawyers. We are an association of the Utah State Bar and an affiliate of the National LGBT Bar Association. Our mission is to use education and advocacy to promote and support the rights of LGBT people within the legal profession and throughout Utah.
We are sometimes contacted by people who are seeking legal advice or looking to hire an attorney who specializes in LGBTQ issues. We have created this directory to assist these potential clients. The Rainbow Law clinic is a free legal clinic that meets once each month. At the clinic, local attorneys who specialize in LGBTQ issues provide free advice. Additionally, the attorneys listed below represent clients on LGBTQ issues. While we believe this is an excellent list, we have not verified any of the information they provided.

 


Vermont


Virginia


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We seek to secure equality for the LGBT community and oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  We provide legal education, resources, and information to legal community and the public.

 

 


Washington


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QLaw Association is an association of LGBT legal professionals and their friends. Serving as a voice of LGBT lawyers and other legal professionals in the State of Washington on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law, the organization has five purposes:

  • to provide opportunities for members of the LGBT legal community to meet in a supportive, professional atmosphere to exchange ideas and information;
  • to further the professional development of LGBT legal professionals and law students;
  • to educate the public, the legal profession, and the courts about legal issues of particular concern to the LGBT community;
  • to empower members of the LGBT community by improving access to the legal and judicial system and sponsoring education programs;
  • and to promote and encourage the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys in the legal profession.

The Law Student Outreach Committee welcomes applications from law students and attorneys in their first few years of practice for the QLaw Mentorship Program. The goal of the program is to help prepare law students and new attorneys for a successful legal career.


West Virginia


Wisconsin


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The LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin is an association of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender legal professionals and their allies. Learn more about who we are and what we do in the About Us section.

The LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin is an inclusive group and welcomes anyone who wants to join or support our mission,  LGBTQ individuals and allies alike. The Bar was founded in 2014 with a primary focus on increasing the visibility of LGBTQ individuals and allies within the legal profession. We hope to foster a sense of community among LGBTQ individuals and allies within the legal community and beyond and to bring awareness to LGBT issues throughout the state.

Our mission is to (a) promote the professional development and advancement of gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender legal professionals, including practicing lawyers, non-practicing lawyers, judges, law educators, government officials, law students, and other legal professionals; (b) provide a supportive environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and information of importance to the gay, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender professional community; and (c) advance the elimination of discrimination based upon actual or perceived homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, transsexuality, gender-related identity, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, disability, or military status in the community at large through educational initiatives, training programs, and collaboration with organizations committed to the same.

 


Wyoming