Dear LGBTQ+ Judges,
Let me be amongst the first to wish you a “Happy Pride!”
June is a month that historically brings a lot of joy, reflection, and yes … pride, as we reflect not only on the history of our LGBTQ+ people, but our own personal journeys as LGBTQ+ people, and as LGBTQ+ judges. We all have a LOT to be proud of.
I am proud of the founding members of this organization and the legacy they created for us; I’m proud of the member judges amongst us who came before me, showing me that it could be done; I’m proud of each of you, for sometimes being the “first” in your jurisdictions, your courts, your states, or even your countries. I’m super proud of our new members, for joining us and getting involved! I’m proud of the speaking and leadership roles so many of us have taken on, speaking at law school graduations, mentoring young people, serving on statewide committees, taking on law clerks, using personal pronouns on Zoom hearings, leading our courts as administrators, teaching judicial education courses, speaking on panels at Lavender Law, and overall, leading by example.
So, take a moment to honor and celebrate yourself and your LGBTQ+ judicial colleagues this month – you’re awesome! Then, let’s continue the Pride momentum into July, where we will virtually gather for our LGBTQ+ Judges Annual Meeting and Conference in coordination with the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference, July 28-30, 2021.
Our Annual Meeting and Conference lineup includes a Thursday night social event, Friday morning Judicial Education session that builds on our bias and racism in the justice system trainings from 2020 (CLE credits will be available!), Friday mid-day Annual Meeting, and Friday night Zoom social.
Please register for Lavender Law and our Annual Meeting and Conference via the links provided in this newsletter. I look forward to “seeing” you with us on the screen!