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Becoming an Active Ally with a Focus on Allyship with Transgender Colleagues: How to Get Involved, Stay Involved, and Educate Others About Racial and Social Injustice

Thursday, January 20, 2022
01:00 PM GMT - 6:00 Central Standard Time (US & Mexico) - 02:00 PM GMT - 6:00 Central Standard Time (US & Mexico)

Please join the IADC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for a panel discussion.

Join the IADC at 1:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 20 as we continue our diversity and inclusion discussions focusing on identifying ways each of us can become more than allies in the fight for racial equality in the legal profession and social justice.

Over the past few years, we have seen more and more legislation passed providing some level of protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression. In its Bostock opinion in 2020, the Supreme Court held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects homosexual and transgender employees against workplace discrimination. However, only 14 states and the District of Columbia have legislation protecting the workplace, and several jurisdictions have revived anti-trans legislation in other areas. Transgender attorneys face some unique challenges in realizing full workplace participation. 

In this discussion, we will examine how transgender rights are sometimes viewed separate from the rights of other underrepresented groups and how this impacts our transgender colleagues in the workplace and beyond. Our panel will discuss how racial, ethnic, and gender stereotypes affect the hiring, promotion, and retention of transgender attorneys in private law firms and businesses. Our panelists will share personal stories and concrete action items that will include steps you can take to educate yourself on the unique daily struggles transgender attorneys face in the workspace, cultivate more accepting, welcoming social spaces for transgender people, and end social inequality.

James F. Rogers, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Columbia, South Carolina USA with assistance from Charles Price, Eaton Corporation, PLC, Cleveland, Ohio USA

Ryan Rasdall
, Goulston & Storrs, PC, Boston, Massachusetts USA
Francesca Rodriguez, Lucid Motors, Newark, California USA

For Zoom meeting details, click here. (please note this document is password protected; you must be logged into the IADC website to view) 

If you would like this Zoom meeting as a calendar appointment, please see the document above.