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.  

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The SOGI Commission consists of one chair and 13 commissioners who together decide the programs, policies and activities that will be pursued by the Commission. In the interest of promoting full diversity and inclusion.

ABA President Patricia Lee Refo sends letter opposing proposed HUD rule.

American Bar Association President Patricia Lee Refo sent a letter to Michael Williams, the Principal Deputy General Counsel in the Regulations Division at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, opposing a proposed rule that would make admission or placement determinations based on sex in facilities under community planning and development housing programs..


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SOGI Resources

The 2020 Stonewall Award Recipients

Presented at ABA Midyear Meeting 2020 in Austin, Texas, Stonewall Award was presented to Jim Holmes, Carmelyn P. Malalis, and Chase Strangio. View reception photos, bios and more.

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Your support of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission's work is greatly appreciated and will help expand on our accomplishments and activities to date.

LGBT Scholarship Recipients Announced

The ABA SOGI Commission is pleased to announce the recipients of the ABA SOGI Commission's first LGBT Public Interest Scholarship for 2019 - 2020. Follow link below to read about the scholarship recipients.

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First Phase Findings From a National Study of Lawyers With Disabilities and Lawyers Who Identify as LGBTQ+

A new national study by the ABA, in collaboration with the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, finds lawyers who identify as disabled and LGBTQ+ report experiencing both subtle and overt forms of discrimination at their workplaces, with common reports of subtle but unintentional bias.

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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.

SOGI Commission Annual Goal III Reports

Annual Review of the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Participation at the American Bar Association.

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Contact the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | Address: 321 N. Clark Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60654 | Email:

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CLE: The Current State of LGBT Law under the Trump Administration

This program is about the advances and set-backs to LGBT laws and the effect they have had on individuals and the country. A panel of top LGBT legal experts will discuss transgender issues that include the military ban, public accommodations and inmate rights. *Click link to the right to view CLE video.

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Sexual Orientation question may be added to George Washington University of Law applications for LGBT applicants.

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