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Commission on Sexual Orientation and Identity

ABA LGBTQ+ Groups and Projects

ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)

The SOGI Commission's mission is to secure for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons full and equal access to and participation in the ABA, in the legal profession, and in the justice system.  Commissioners are appointed by the ABA President, but ABA entities and outside organizations are welcome to appoint liaisons to the SOGI Commission.

LGBTQ+ Groups & Projects

LGBTQ+ Groups & Projects

Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

LGBTQ+ Lawyers in Tax Forum

The LGBTQ+ Lawyers in Tax Forum (the “LLTF”) community connects and empowers practitioners to be their best in their tax career, and seeks to establish the American Bar Association Section of Taxation (“Section”) as the leading voice for LGBTQ+ practitioners in tax.

LGBTQI+ Legal Access Project

The ABA on Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence's Legal Access Project provides individualized support, training, and technical assistance to address domestic and sexual violence in LGBTQI+ communities.

Commission on Law & Aging

In Bar Year 2008 - 2009, the Commission has given a $10 K partnership in Law & Aging Grant to Services and Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Elders (SAGE) to develop programs and materials for elderly LGBT individuals.  

Section of Civil Rights & Social Justice

(Formerly known as the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities), is the oldest LGBTQ+ group at the ABA in recorded existence since 1977, which has researched and presented most of the policies the ABA has adopted regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

LGBT Litigator Committee

Its mission is to help educate the Section of Litigation on issues of concern to LGBTQ+ litigators and to provide resources, including educational and networking opportunities to litigators concerned with issues relating to LGBT people.

Opening Doors Project: LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

A project by GLAAD, which involved the ABA Center on Children and the LawThe project aims to increase the legal community's awareness of LGBTQ+ youth in foster care and the unique issues they face and provide the legal community with advocacy tools to successfully represent these youth. 

Reproductive & Genetic Technologies Committee

This committee of Section of Family Law studies and reports on the legal and ethical ramifications of advances in the technology of assisted reproduction.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Network (GIN)

Complimenting the Section of International Law's Women's Interest Network (WIN), Young Lawyers' Interest Network (YIN), and Senior Lawyers' Network (SIN), GIN will put an international focus on LGBTQ+ communities, and create networking events in conjunction with the Section's other interest networks.

Subcommittee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Involvement

The ABA Business Law Section's  Diversity Committee promotes diversity of membership and topics impacting LGBTQ+ communities within the Section of Business Law.

National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

The National LGBTQ+  Bar Association, formerly known as the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA), is an affiliate of the ABA with a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.  It is a membership-based organization of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliate lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations.