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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.  

Applications Open | 2024 LGBT Public Interest Scholarship

The Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is accepting applications for the LGBT Public Interest Scholarship for Summer/Fall 2024 until April 19, 2024. | Click link for information on the criteria and how to apply.

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Stonewall Awardees | 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.

COMMISSION ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY

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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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LGBT Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship recipients for 2023 are Indira Rahman (they/them), Taylor Elyse Mills (she/they), and Zakiya Lewis (she/her). The Scholarship provides financial support to a law student, or recent law graduate to enable the student or recent law graduate to work in the LGBT public interest arena.

LGBT Public Interest Scholarship page

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Non-Binary Guide 2023

Inclusion in the Legal Profession | This guide proposes a framework of general principles to address the challenges of non-binary people in the Legal Profession and highlights practical solutions, including policy recommendations for employers and actions for individual colleagues.

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Leadership & Staff | 2023 - 2024

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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Help SOGI Make a Difference

ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) 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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About Us

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.

SOGI Commission Annual Goal III Reports

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

SOGI'S Newsletter

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