The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association (MLBA) is the primary Association of attorneys in Minnesota supporting the LGBT Community. MLBA was founded in 1996 as a special project of OutFront Minnesota’s Legal Program. The Association was started in response to the limited opportunities for LGBT lawyers and law students to network, learn together, and address homophobia within the profession. MLBA was reorganized in 1999 as an independent, 501(c)(6), organization, and is an affiliate member of the National LGBT Bar Association.
Since then, MLBA has successfully worked in collaboration with other organizations to expand LGBT equality. Some of these efforts include successfully challenging Minnesota’s “sodomy” law alongside the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, filing amicus curiae briefs challenging sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in federal and state court, and lobbying against attempts to amend Minnesota’s Constitution to ban the legal recognition of same sex couples. MLBA continues to advocate for fairness and equality for all Minnesota citizens through its partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and bar associations, its success being due to the volunteering efforts of MLBA members and its board of directors.
MLBA is an active and dynamic organization that builds community between members through quality educational programs, networking opportunities, and social events. MLBA proudly supports LGBT and allied efforts that promote equality and diversity in hopes of creating a community supportive of all professionals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.