On September 24, ninety (90) members of the bar “came out” to celebrate the diversity within the LGBT and Asian American and South Asian communities.  The event was jointly sponsored by LGBT and APA lawyers associations and law firms.

Partners and associates at corporate firms, government attorneys, solo practitioners, small firms, and public interest lawyers enjoyed these back-to-back-to-back networking receptions in three cities. 

State Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan talked about the need for diversity and the importance of giving back.  Attendees lauded her acumen in her ruling in Hernandez v. Robles, the first case in New York to rule that the prohibition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. 

Her remarks were followed by special video screenings of Public Service Announcements (PSA) of AAPI parents who love their LGBT kids. The PSA were produced by the Asian Pride Project and NQAPIA is working to have them placed in Asian ethnic television station next June during Pride month.

Special thanks go to Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York City for hosting the reception and all the co-sponsors – AABANY, SABANY, LeGaL, NQAPIA, NAPABA – for making the evening possible. 

If you want to get in involved with AABANY’s LGBT Committee, feel free to email Chair Glenn Magpantay at [email protected].

(Photos and write-up courtesy of Glenn Magpantay.)