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.  

ABA Virtual Annual Meeting 2020

This year's Annual Meeting will take place from July 29 - August 4, 2020. Registration is now open.

Commission Events

Sunday, August 2, 2020

- SOGI Business Meeting
  11:30 am - 2:30 pm

- LGBT Caucus
  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 


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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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Trans People & COVID-19

The National Center for Transgender Equality has put together a coronavirus guide (COVID-19) with resources that address issues that trans people and the LGBTQ community face during this pandemic.

SOGI Resources

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.

Donate to SOGI Commission

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.

LGBTQ Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Bryanna Jenkins and Elisabeth Hieber, recipients of SOGI Commission's first LGBT Public Interest Scholarships for 2019-2020.

Leadership and Staff 2019- 2020

The 2020 Stonewall Award Honorees

The SOGI Commission is excited to announce this year's Stonewall Award Recipients: Jim Holmes, Carmelyn P. Malalis, and Chase Strangio. Honorees will be presented with awards at the Stonewall Award reception at Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas.

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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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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