In 1969 the Stonewall riots in New York City signaled the beginning of the gay rights movement in America.

Forty years later, the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association was formed to continue that legacy by promoting diversity and inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals in the legal profession and community at large.

The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association is a not-for-profit corporation and its members include LGBT attorneys, paralegals, law students and other legal professionals, as well as their “straight allies” in the legal profession. Formed in 2010, the TN SBA provides support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lawyers and legal professionals working in Tennessee, especially those practicing in the greater Nashville area.

The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association is dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusion and civil equality both in Tennessee’s legal community and the state’s general population. There are several ways that the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals living in the state. In the past, the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association has hosted legal clinics in conjunction with Nashville’s gay pride festival to assist people with legal issues specifically affecting the local LGBT community. The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association also educates people of their rights by holding speaker events on various legislative bills that may impact the civil rights of lesbians, bisexuals, gays, and transgenders living and working in Tennessee. In addition to being active in the community, the Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association also provides several benefits to its members. Members frequently attend the meetings held each quarter in order to network with one another and keep up-to-date on relevant and current legal events/cases. The Tennessee Stonewall Bar Association also provides members a way to get involved in advocating for LGBT rights by bringing them together to write amicus briefs for appealed cases dealing with the civil rights of the LGBT community.

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