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LGBTQ+ Equality

Since our inception, GT has built an inclusive firm based on equality, fairness, and authenticity. We understand the case for LGBTQ+ equality, and are proof positive that an inclusive, supportive environment is a better environment for all, including clients.

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GT is proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ community, and those who support equality and inclusion for all. We are active in social causes, case matters, and other actions that strengthen protections for the LGBTQ+ community. We are dedicated to the idea that every person deserves the opportunity to be safe from discrimination in life and at work and should be able to proudly and openly bring his or her true self to every opportunity.

According to American Lawyer's 2019 LGBTQ+ Scorecard, Greenberg Traurig ranks fifth for number of LGBTQ+ Partners.

2020 GT celebrates LGBT History Month

October marks LGBT History Month. GT stands with Equality Forum as they honor LGBT icons, particularly in the legal profession, including Deborah Batts, a pillar in the community as the first out federal judge, a trailblazer for women, African Americans, and LGBTQ+ people as well as Menaka Guruswamy & Arundhati Katju, Indian lawyers, won a historic Indian Supreme Court case decriminalizing homosexuality.

LGBT History Month

2020 GT sponsors the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala: The Power of Us

Greenberg Traurig was a sponsor of the National LGBTQ Task Force Gala: The Power of Us that took place virtually on Saturday, October 3. This year's event was a celebration of community and a collective call to action. Proceeds from this year’s Gala will support the Task Force’s Queering Democracy initiative, including their “Queer the Vote” campaign which aims to drive voter participation in this year's general election.

2020 Pride Celebration

Diverse by design. Embracing the authentic you — it’s a core principle for us, worldwide. From the start, we’ve welcomed people regardless of sexual or gender identity. Because it’s only when people are free to be themselves that they’re free to share the full measure of their talents. For us, that’s a source of real pride.

Pride Month 2020

 

GT attorneys John R. Richards, Lily McNulty, and Nicholas Corsano kicked off Pride Month with a lively discussion about what today’s climate means for LGBTQ+ employees in a webinar titled LGBT+ Hot Topics: Protection, Inclusion & Engagement in Our New Virtual Reality.


GT Voices of Pride

Nicholas A. Corsano
Hector Sanchez
Thomas Martin
 

Engagement and Community Leadership

The work of the members of GT’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, alliances, and firm leadership has positioned the firm as a leader committed to supporting this community. Some of that work includes forging important relationships with key organizations. We actively participate in these organizations and also provide financial support. We have listed a few of these relationships and activities herein, further demonstrating that for GT, diversity IS action.

We understand and practice inclusion and count LGBTQ+ people at every level of our organization as evidenced by our score of 100 percent on the 2018 and 2017 Corporate Equality Index published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Out Leadership. GT is a current US Sponsor of the talent initiatives of Out Leadership, which is a mission-driven business advisory organization dedicated to the idea that inclusion of LGBTQ+ people at all levels of business, and particularly within leadership, creates positive business impact. GT’s sponsorship is focused on cultivating the next generation of LGBTQ+ talent, empowering OUT Women, and increasing the presence of LGBTQ+ individuals on corporate boards.

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder John Richards spoke during the Restarting Your Workforce in a Changed World virtual event hosted by Out Leadership. The speakers discussed the ever-evolving question of how the workforce will look, post-COVID 19. This episode highlighted lessons learned throughout the crisis, and how you can leverage those lessons for a more positive impact at work.

GT hosted Out Leadership’s U.S. Summit in 2015, 2016, and 2017 and have participated yearly in related Out Leadership VIP Dinners, hosted by U.S. Trust, where GT’s current and former CEOs spoke on panels with U.S. Trust’s senior leaders.

As a global sponsor, the firm also regularly hosts and participates in Out Leadership events and programs, including regularly partnering with the OutNEXT Global Summit, which includes the participation of Greenberg Traurig LGBTQ+ associates. GT CEO Brian L. Duffy serves on the Out Leadership Global Advisory Board and GT Shareholder John Richards serves on the Out Leadership Council.

Out in Law 2015 group photo
Out in Law 2015
Out in Law 2016 group photo
Out in Law 2016 
Out in Law 2017 group photo
Out in Law 2017 
Out Leadership Atlanta VIP Reception
Out Leadership VIP Reception
Out Leadership Atlanta VIP Reception
Out Leadership VIP Reception
Out Leadership Atlanta VIP Reception
Out Leadership VIP Reception

Co-President Ernest Greer hosted the Out Leadership Atlanta VIP Reception on Nov. 1, 2018 at GT’s Atlanta office, which focused on LGBTQ+ as a business driver in Atlanta and the south. A panel discussion with regional executive leaders discussed the importance of equality and inclusion in the workplace. (Additional photos here)

 Pulse nightclub remembrance in the Orlando office
Pulse nightclub remembrance in the Orlando office
 

Lambda Legal. Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV. Shareholder John R. Richards has served for six years as a member of Lambda Legal’s National Board of Directors and the firm is proud to routinely support events nationwide.

National LGBTQ+ Bar Association & Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference. The firm regularly participates in the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association event to address inclusion of LGBTQ+ candidates in law firm recruitment efforts.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. We are a longtime sponsor of the annual Task Force Dinner.

Equality Illinois, Equality California, and Equality Florida. These are strategic, state-based organizations that advocate for LGBTQ+ people. Attorneys and business staff routinely attend and participate in their events. For example, Equality Florida held a benefit and time of remembrance on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub in GT’s Orlando office.

The OUT Miami Foundation Gala. The firm supported OUT Miami Foundation’s annual event for LGBTQ+ people and allies to support an engaged, empowered, and united LGBTQ+ community in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE). SAGE is the United States’ largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults. In June 2017, members of the firm’s New York office served dinner at the Sage Center Midtown, during the firm’s annual Community Service Week.

International Bar Association. To coincide with the 2017 M&A in Latin America Conference presented by the International Bar Association (IBA), GT joined with a local firm to host a first-of-its-kind LGBTQ+ Seminar in Latin America. Our attorneys actively participate in the activities of the LGBTI Committee of the IBA.

Pro Bono Representation. As part of its global pro bono efforts, GT supports and offers a hands-on approach to legal issues critical to the LGBTQ+ community. For example, GT represented two foster children in adoption proceedings that led to the elimination and declaration as unconstitutional of Florida’s 20-year-old ban on the adoption of children by gay individuals.