About Us

National LGBT Bar Association

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 LGBTQ+ community.

The LGBT Bar provides programming for LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ community.

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

MISSION STATEMENT

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 LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity.

OUR HISTORY

The National LGBT Bar Association was founded over thirty years ago by a small group of family law practitioners at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis. In 1987, the idea of creating a gay and lesbian bar association was formally introduced at the Lesbian & Gay March on Washington. The first Lavender Law® Conference took place the following year at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco. In 1989, at the American Bar Association’s Mid-Year meeting, bylaws were presented, and a nonprofit board of directors was formalized. At the second board meeting in 1989 in Boston, the LGBT Bar, then known as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA), had 293 paid members, and initiated a campaign to ask the ABA to include protection based upon on sexual orientation to its revision of the Model Code of Judicial Conduct for Judges. In 1992, the LGBT Bar became an official affiliate of the American Bar Association and it now works closely with the ABA’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities and its Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

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