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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Upcoming Events

ABA Midyear Meeting | Jan 23-28 | Las Vegas

SOGI Events at Midyear

Saturday, January 26, 2019
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm:  Panel on Conversion Therapy
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm:  Movie screening on conversion therapy
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm:  Stonewall Awards Reception;  followed by Commissioner's Dinner (TBD)

Sunday, January 27, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00  pm:   SOGI Business Meeting
3:00 - 5:00 pm:  LGBT Caucus  

All events will take place at Caesar's Palace conference center. Room confirmations for events pending.  

SOGI'S Newsletter

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

Leadership and Staff 2018 - 2019

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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 button on the lower bottom to view recorded CLE.

About SOGI

The ABA's SOGI Commission leads the Association’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and full and equal participation by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in the Association, the legal profession and society. Created in 2007, the SOGI Commission seeks to secure equal treatment in the American Bar Association, the legal profession, and the justice system without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.

ABA News Statement

We must honor those who defend our country. No room for discrimination in military on basis of LGBT status - ABA President Linda Klein, July 26th, 2017 Statement of ABA President Linda Klein Re: Department of Justice brief in Title VII case. For inquiries contact

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

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Policy and the Law

The links below provides an overview of the progress that the American Bar Association has made in advancing sexual orientation and gender identity issues and policies.

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