Dechert’s LGBTQ Affinity Group serves as an internal network of support for LGBTQ lawyers and their allies at the firm. Dechert’s LGBTQ Affinity Group supports the development and retention of LGBTQ lawyers and educates others about the history and traditions of our cultures. To effect change, we identify and address DEI-related issues and create new and recurring programming focused on the attainment of professional and business development skills. We offer mentoring circles, retreats and educational workshop for diverse lawyers. Reaching beyond Dechert, we engage with our communities through advocacy and pro bono.
The LGBTQ Affinity Group actively supports the firm’s advocacy for the LGBTQ community. Dechert is the first law firm to sign on to the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation in the United States.
The LGBTQ Affinity Group is celebrating Pride Month in 2021 with a virtual discussion with figure skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay athlete to represent the United States in Olympic competition. In years prior, the group welcomed:
- Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute, and the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major U.S. city, Houston, Texas.
- Judy and Dennis Shepard, the parents of Matthew Shepard, whose tragic murder in 1998 galvanized a worldwide response against hate crimes and in support of the LGBTQ community.
- Joe Solmonese, a political strategist and activist who served as president of the HRC.