What We Do
Founded in 1985, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (Mass LGBTQ Bar) is a voluntary state-wide professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lawyers and our allies, providing a visible LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community.
The Mass LGBTQ Bar is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors elected by the general membership. Two seats on the Board are designated specifically for transgender or genderqueer attorneys. Law students, paralegals and other members of the legal profession are encouraged to become non-voting members of the association. We are affiliated with the National LGBT Bar Association and have a seat in the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates.
Our work focuses around the following themes. For more detailed information about what we do, please read about our Committees and Sections.
Justice. Mass LGBTQ Bar promotes the administration of justice throughout Massachusetts for all persons without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
Education. Mass LGBTQ Bar educates the Massachusetts legal community about legal issues impacting the LGBTQ community, monitors emerging legal trends and participates in legislative hearings and judicial proceedings effecting members of our community.
Support. Mass LGBTQ Bar promotes full and equal participation in the legal profession by lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people, and actively supports the appointment of qualified members of the LGBTQ community to the judiciary. Through our Mentoring Program, Alec Gray Scholarship [Matt, please link to scholarship page], and social events, we provide a professional and social support network for LGBTQ members of the Massachusetts legal community in all areas of professional practice.
Leadership. Mass LGBTQ Bar provides an established, non-partisan, and vocal LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community; and encourages opportunities for leadership by LGBTQ lawyers in Massachusetts.