Championing our LGBTQ+ attorneys, staff, and community
lgbTE Mission Statement
lgbTE is an affinity group for our LGBTQ+ attorneys and staff, as well as “allies” who support their LGBTQ+ colleagues and are interested in related issues of equity and inclusion. Externally, our group works to raise the visibility of Tucker Ellis as a place that not just welcomes but champions its LGBTQ+ attorneys, staff, and the LGBTQ+ community. Internally, our group provides a place for community, mentoring, open discussion, support, and participation in events that address the group’s issues and common interests.
Tucker Ellis created lgbTE to show our support of and commitment to our LGBTQ+ attorneys, staff, and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.
Our affinity group provides mentoring and affirms to individuals within and outside the firm that Tucker Ellis is a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ employees.
lgbTE participates in and supports various activities throughout the year in cities where our offices are located. Examples of ongoing programming and outreach efforts include event sponsorships, Pride events, public debates, legislative testimony, participation in national and local LGBTQ+ bar associations, and continuing legal education.
Exploring Cutting-Edge Topics
lgbTE stays on top of the current cases and news that affect the LGBTQ+ community. For an example of the important issues that our group tackles, we invite you to watch our May 2020 Zoom presentation, “Title VII & LGBTQ Employees: Which Way Will the Post-Kennedy Supreme Court Swing?” Click here to view it.
In other notable news, in December 2021, Brian Brookey, Chad Eggspuehler, and Andrea Glinka Przybysz coordinated and spoke on a panel, “Turbulent Times for Trans Rights,” to foster greater understanding of the detrimental impact of exclusionary laws and discuss emerging strategies for a more accepting and inclusive future. The program was part of the Tucker Ellis In-House Counsel Summit Webinar Series, and it included guest speakers Casey Pick of The Trevor Project and Senior Chief Officer Kristin Beck, the first openly transgender former U.S. Navy SEAL and advocate. In June 2020, Chad offered legal analysis as a guest panelist with Equality Ohio. The panel discussed the landmark United States Supreme Court ruling that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Watch the panel discussion of the victory here.
Chad also provided legislative testimony in February 2020 in favor of the Ohio Fairness Act. Read Chad’s testimony here.