Our LGBT History Month 2020

Leigh Day and the Law Society at the Barbican Centre
Leigh Day and the Law Society at the Barbican Centre

LGBT History Month 2020 was a reflective one.

We took part in events that celebrated the intersectionality of faith and the LGBT+ community and highlighted the experiences of LGBT+ disabled people.

Our LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee took to the Gazette to review the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on its 10 year anniversary and spoke on what LGBT History Month means to them.

We partnered with Trowers and Hamlins LLP for a podcast that took us back decades to a group of solicitors who worked for a pro-bono service called Gay & Lesbian Legal Advice (GLAD).

At the time, volunteering for the switchboard would have been something you might have hidden from your magic circle employer although, thankfully, times have changed.

Lawyers in the South West were challenged by a history month quiz and LGBT+ issues and awareness within the legal profession were discussed in Leeds.

Events

Keeping the faith: when LGBT identities and religion intersect, London

Our committee member Netanya Clixby introduced an excellent panel for our collaboration with Leigh Day at the Barbican Centre discussing LGBT+ identities and religion.

Discussion and a Q&A with the audience gave us diverse perspectives and viewpoints, focusing on Christian, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism representation.

Out in the office replies – panel discussion for LGBT History Month, Leeds

Thursday 6 February was a busy date for LGBT History Month.

Rachel Reese, vice chair of our LGBT+ Lawyers Division and director of Global Butterflies, joined a panel to discuss LGBT+ issues and awareness within the legal sector in collaboration with Leeds Law Society and Addleshaw Goddard.

LGBT+ Quiz, Exeter

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On Valentine’s Day, our LGBT+ South West Lawyers Division celebrated history month with a LGBT+ legal quiz and networking at Southernhay House in Exeter led by LGBT+ committee member Bridget Garrood.

Equality for LGBT disabled people, London

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We rounded off the month talking about issues affecting LGBT+ disabled people, in collaboration with RPC, London.

An entertaining panel shared honest stories about:

  • being homo/trans/bi-phobically abused in their own home by the person providing social care
  • being a trans person whose GP describes you as such in a referral letter on a completely unrelated condition
  • holding hands with a same-sex partner, who is assumed to be their carer or sibling
  • finding their staff LGBT+ or disability network far from welcoming to a LGBT+ disabled person

Thank you

Thank you to all the organisations and people we had the pleasure of working with for LGBT History Month 2020.

Your support, enthusiasm and involvement are invaluable to us and we, as always, look forward to next year.

Find out more about our LGBT+ Lawyers Division or email LGBT@lawsociety.org.uk.