International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges

Welcome from the President

Welcome to the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges’ website. Bienvenido. Yōkoso. Herzlich willkommen. Bienvenue. Ahlan wa sahlan. Huanying guanglin. Benvenuto. Baruch haba. Dobro pozhalovat’. Bem vinda.

Thanks for stopping by. This site offers helpful information and resources about our Association, including links to judicial officers around the world, information about our August 2024 Annual Meeting and Conference, and judicial education materials. Our members-only Member Center provides access to our membership directory, all of our newsletters, photos from prior events, and other special content for our members. Take a look around and let us know if you have any comments or questions.

June 2024

Happy Pride Month! While our members and our Association share their LGBTQ+ pride every day, please take a moment to pause and celebrate the strength, diversity and resiliency of our community and our judges.

Just over 30 years ago, a brave group of judges formed the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges. I frequently think back on that first gathering and reflect upon the impact those judges have had on all our lives. It was 1979 when Steve Lachs became the first openly gay judge, and 1981 when Mary Morgan became the first openly lesbian judge. At the time they took the bench, there was no Association to support them, no group to welcome them, and no committee to celebrate them. The LGBTQ+ judges who served in the 1980s, a time without Google searches or email addresses, served in relative isolation. And yet, they found each other and they came together, and in doing so, changed the lives of nearly everyone reading this message. Because of these judges, the over 800 members of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges have community and a career. Today’s LGBTQ+ judges are welcomed to the bench by a vibrant and flourishing organization made possible by our founding members. And today our members accomplishments, honors and milestones are celebrated every month is this newsletter! This month’s newsletter is packed with LGBTQ+ pride, so please take a moment to celebrate your colleagues. 

It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are, and I am so honored to be part of a group that lives authentically and fearlessly. And our authenticity and celebratory spirit shine brightest at our annual meeting each year. If you have attended our conferences in the past, you know that there is no event quite like it and you have already made plans to attend. If you are new to the organization or have never attended our conference or Lavender Law, please know that life long connections and memories are built each year when we gather together. And remember, most events are FREE to members. So please consider joining us in what promises to be the largest gathering of LGBTQ+ judges in history. Register here for our 2024 Annual Meeting & Conference:

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at or join one of our weekly Zoom meetings to connect with friends from across the globe. The Association is here for you.

Judge Kristin Rosi

Kristin L. Rosi

President, International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges


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