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Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The American Bar Association's Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), as one of the four ABA Goal III Entities, leads the Association's commitment to diversity, inclusion and full and equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the Association, legal profession, and society.  



The SOGI Commission is accepting Stonewall Award nominations for 2025. Awards will be presented at the 2025 ABA Midyear Meeting. The deadline is JULY 26, 2024. Visit the Stonewall Award page for information and links to the nomination form, guidelines, criteria and more.

National Study of Lawyers with Disability and who identify as LGBTQ+

First phase findings from a National Study of Lawyers with Disabilities and Lawyers who identify as LGBTQ+ in collaboration with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Workspace

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Part 2 | Troubled Teen Industry | ABA Webinar Series

Resolution 605, SICAA and Beyond: Impactful Legislative Changes and the Disparate Impact on LGBTQ Youth. The webinar panel is led by survivor and policy expert, Caroline Cole, who discusses the challenges and opportunities for effective policy change at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the additional policy challenges for protecting the civil rights of marginalized groups. A video recording of this program has been posted.

ABA Troubled Teen Industry Webinar Series

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SOGI LGBTQ+ Webinar page

Visit the SOGI LGBT Webinar page to watch videos of past programs, which include Combatting LGBT Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession, Title VII US Supreme Court Decision, Sexual Orientation: The Legal Case for Coverage Under Title VII and more.


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LGBTQ+ Groups & Projects at the ABA

Visit the LGBTQ+ Groups & Projects page to learn about the ABA entities that work with the SOGI Commission and support the LGBTQ+ community.

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Creating More Welcoming Workplaces for Nonbinary Individuals

A guide for nonbinary legal professionals and their allies was recently released by the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and Beyond Binary Legal in conjunction with the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association, the National Transgender Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. || Watch the webinar video & download the guide.

Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and Beyond Binary Legal

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Stonewall Award Recipients | 2024

This year's Stonewall Award recipients are Janice Grubin, Mark Johnson Roberts, and Paula E. Boggs, who were presented at the Stonewall Award Reception during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky | Go to the Stonewall Awards page to watch video interviews, sponsors, and more.


More information - 2024 Stonewall Awards Page

Leadership & Staff | 2023 - 2024

Help SOGI Make a Difference

Your gift to the SOGI Commission will help us continue to provide educational programs and valuable resources to educate lawyers, judges, bar associations, and LGBTQ+ communities and promotes diversity, inclusion, and full, equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, in the law and all parts of society.

Policy and the Law

An overview of the progress that the American Bar Association has made in advancing sexual orientation and gender identity issues and policies.

Issues Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

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LGBTQ+ Highlights and Resource Page

Visit SOGI's Pride Month page for LGBTQ+ highlights and resources which include information & pledge form for the ABA 21-Day Challenge, free webinars, articles, videos and more.

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SOGI'S Newsletter

The Equalizer is SOGI's bi-annual newsletter, featuring interviews, current events, highlights of Annual and Midyear Meetings, politics, recent developments.