The LGBT Bar is deeply committed to continuing the focus of issues of racial justice in the LGBTQ+ legal community for the long haul. This page will house compelling resources that further (un)learning, engagement, and healing with race as we experience it individually, interpersonally, institutionally, and culturally.
Life at the Crossroads:
Navigating Intersectional Identities as an Asian-American LGBTQ+ Law Student
from the National LGBT Bar Association
The LGBT Bar is proud to announce the launch of its new Life at the Crossroads webcast series as a platform and resource for law students across the country. Our goal is to support LGBTQ+ law students with diverse intersectional identities, and to stimulate open and honest dialogue surrounding those identities and how law school experiences differ.
Our first video in this series highlights Asian-American law students. Special thanks to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association LGBTQ Network for co-sponsoring this program!
The Pursuit of Inclusion
from the Native American Bar Association
This report details the experiences of Native and Indigenous peoples in the legal profession. To learn what steps you and your organization can take to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment, read pages 42 – 48 focusing on the ways institutions can address the systemic exclusion of Native and Indigenous peoples from the legal profession.
“It is imperative to the national justice system that Native Americans be fully part of the process. When an Indian person is confronted by the American justice system, whether as plaintiff or defendant, victim or accused perpetrator, it is of vital importance to Indians and non-Indians alike that Native Americans are seen as a part of that system as lawyers and judges, as advocates and decision makers alike. It is crucial to the acceptance of a justice system that any people see themselves as participants in it, not just the recipients of its outcome. Fundamental fairness in any legal system must also have the appearance of fairness that comes with inclusion of all races.” – Lawrence Baca
Roundtable on Exclusion in the Asian American Community
from the American Bar Association’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section
In “Who Counts as Asian?” Jennifer Lee and Karthick Ramakrishnan share findings of an empirical study on understandings of the “Asian American” category. They reveal significant patterns of South Asian exclusion, especially as “Asian American” is commonly used as a proxy for East Asian. This roundtable gathers law professors, administrators, and practitioners to discuss how exclusion in the Asian American community has implications for legal education, the legal profession, courts, practice, and the international context. Featuring Nadia Ahmad, Shih-Chun Chien, Cyra Choudhury, Meera Deo, Aya Gruber, Vinay Harpalani, Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Shruti Rana, Amer Zahr, and Ruchika Sharma
For Lawyers of Color, Collective Liberation Looks Like Mental Health Care
from Dena Robinson and Kimya Forouzan at If/When/How
“Despite what we know about mental health in the legal community, we often ignore the most marginalized in that community — lawyers of color. For lawyers of color, struggles with mental health are compounded . . . As lawyers of color, we work at the intersection of all our identities. The legal field was not only not built for us, but was actively built to exclude us.”
Addressing Racial Equity within the LGBTQ+ Legal Community
from the National LGBT Bar
While awareness of racial inequities in American society, including within the legal profession, has dramatically increased over the spring and summer of 2020, the underlying inequities are far from a new phenomenon. Our own beautiful, diverse LGBTQ+ legal community is often perceived by others as being solely a white community, disregarding the needs and interests of LGBTQ+ lawyers and law students of color; moreover, the legal movement for LGBTQ+ equality is too-often internally driven solely or heavily by white leadership, with insufficient attention paid to issues that disproportionately impact Black, Brown, and Indigenous LGBTQ+ people. Each of us has a unique and urgent role to play in dismantling white supremacy within our own movement and within our own places of work. Our panelists will discuss techniques that we all can implement or advocate for within our workplaces to make tangible impact to dismantle biased systems.
This exceptional program is moderated by Justice Sabrina McKenna of the Hawai’i Supreme Court and features Taylor Brown with the ACLU, Bendita Cynthia Malakia with Hogan Lovells,, and Robert Raben with The Raben Group. If you registered for Lavender Law®, you may claim CLE credit for watching this; unfortunately, if you did not register, we are not able to offer CLE credit.
Let’s build this together
Racial justice work is at its best when done collectively and in solidarity with one another, and we welcome the expertise and lived experience of Black and Brown people to deepen our community understanding. We invite you to join us in sourcing material that focuses on deepening engagement on issues of race and racial justice, particularly material that is intentionally LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirming. If there are books, videos, podcasts, articles, illustrations, or other resources you see that are powerful and break through the noise, feel free to send them our way.