The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group at Bass, Berry & Sims raises awareness and visibility within the firm of our commitment to be welcoming in all forms of diversity, including sexual orientation. Members support each other and provide a voice to the firm to ensure equal opportunity and professional development for our LGBT attorneys.
The goals of the group include:
- Meeting on a regular basis to share and address areas of concern regarding LGBT diversity at Bass, Berry & Sims
- Monitoring the firm's policies and practices as they relate to LGBT attorneys
- Providing mentoring and networking opportunities for LGBT attorneys in the firm and to law students at nearby schools
- Supporting and participating in community organizations that advocate for LGBT equality and diversity in the legal profession
The group is active at the firm and in the community in a number of specific ways by: (i) holding regular affinity group meetings at the office, (ii) providing perspective to the recruiting and diversity committees of the firm by having a representative of the group on each of these committees, (iii) enjoying dinner and other social events as a group outside of the office, (iv)sponsoring and participating in activities of the Stonewall Bar Association of Tennessee, the Human Rights Campaign, the Tennessee Equality Project, the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce, the Oasis Center's Just Us program, and Nashville in Harmony; and (v) representing the firm at the annual National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.