Establish and nurture a network of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, sexual/gender diverse, and allied legal professionals who support LGBTQ+ equality and the other goals of the organization;
Maintain and publicize a directory of legal professionals who are members of the organization;
Provide and promote positive role models in an atmosphere of equality and diversity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, sexual/gender diverse communities;
Provide opportunities for legal professionals in our communities to meet and network;
Encourage fellowship and support and promote the professional advancement of members of our communities;
Research, discuss and exchange information on and promote sensitivity to legal issues that affect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, sexual/gender diverse communities;
Promote and stimulate the practice and professional expertise of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, sexual/gender diverse legal professionals;
Promote legislative, administrative and judicial reforms for the purpose of eliminating discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and other intersectional issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community;
Develop liaison with other legal and legal-related organizations, including but not limited to being an affiliate of the National LGBT Bar Association;
An attorney licensed in good standing to practice law in North Carolina or actively in the progress of becoming licensed in North Carolina, and a North Carolina attorney who has retired from the practice of law.
A student currently enrolled in and attending a law school in North Carolina.
A legal professional, other than attorney, providing services to the LGBTQ+ communities.
On April 12, 2021, the Pauli Murray LGBTQ+ Bar Association (“PMBA”) filed an Amicus Curiae brief in support of the Plaintiff-Appellee, M.E. This brief was filed in conjunction with Legal Aid of North Carolina and the North Carolina Justice Center, together as, Amici. As an affiliate of the National LGBT Bar Association, we are charged with promoting justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ+ community, as such PMBA seeks to prevent discrimination against North Carolina’s LGBTQ+ Citizens.
As her namesake, the Pauli Murray LGBTQ+ Bar Association supports the ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny same-gender loving couples the right to obtain a domestic violence protection order, otherwise known as a Rule 50(B). Pauli Murray was a civil rights lawyer, educator, essayist, poet, pastor, and activist, among many other things. Pauli Murray inspired and shaped Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ruling in the historic 1971 Supreme Court case Reed v. Reed, where the court recognized women as a victim of sex discrimination. The very essence of Pauli Murray’s work embodied equal protections under the law for LGBTQ+ citizens. Under North Carolina law, a person in a same-gender loving dating relationship could not obtain a domestic violence protection order the same as a person in an opposite-gender loving dating relationship. This law violates the lives and safety of those that depend on domestic-violence protective orders.
According to the North Carolina Courts, over thirty-thousand (30,000) victims of domestic violence seek protective orders under Chapter 50B. These victims are often without legal representation while being forced to navigate complex legal systems; and the court should not further complicate these matters by making it difficult for LGBTQ+ North Carolinians to be afforded the same protection. The appellate courts have rightly been sensitive to the procedural pitfalls that come with the territory of seeking a Rule 50B, and we stand by this ruling.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Plaza Midwood attorney, with a long history of representing LGBTQ+ clients, said she’s always ready to celebrate pride month in June and is not taking progress for granted.
As we celebrate Pride Month, we cannot forget about our progress and the work that remains. With Pride Month comes an opportunity to hold governments, companies and individuals accountable and to educate our colleagues, friends and family who are willing to learn to be better allies.
Over the past four months, municipal governments across North Carolina have taken action to pass local ordinances protecting residents from discrimination in private employment and housing in a key areas where residents commonly face mistreatment.
As more people communicate their wants and needs to the world, and hopefully their partners, we understand that more and more people have similar kinks and non-sexual conduct needs.
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